Donald Trump and the Know-Nothing Movement

Understanding the 2016 US Election

  • Jeffrey J. Volle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 119-123

About this book


Historically, segments of white Americans have let racist paranoia supersede judicious reasoning throughout our history. The 2016 Presidential election in the United States brought the Know-Nothing’s back from the hidden depths of our history books. This book provides a historical account of the Know-Nothing Party in the 1850s through their reemergence in the 21st century with the election of Donald Trump. Analyzing the anti-immigration and anti-Catholic rhetoric of the Know-Nothing movement and tracing that same rhetoric in George Wallace's American Independent Party in the '60s, up into its appearance in the Trump movement, this book provides a guide for understanding the 2016 Republican Party agenda through its inheritance from the Know-Nothing Movement.


George Wallace Know-Nothing Party American Presidential Politics Republican Party agenda American Independent Party in 1968 immigration policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey J. Volle
    • 1
  1. 1.Olmsted Falls, OHUSA

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