Revolt of the Suburbs in the 1968 & 2018 Elections
Kevin Kruse, History; Lily Geismer, Claremont McKenna; Matthew Lassiter, U. Michigan
October 2, 2018 · 4:30 pm—5:00 pm · 101 McCormick
Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism; Humanities Council
Political pundits identify a “suburban revolt” as the key to victory in the 2018 midterms. In a reversal of Richard Nixon’s 1968 efforts to court “Forgotten Americans” wary of the excesses of 1960s liberalism, Democratic politicians and strategists hope to turn suburban voters against President Trump and right-wing Republican extremism fifty years later. Join three award-winning historians for a discussion of the roots of this political strategy, the changing nature of suburbs, and the significance of the election for the future of American politics.
This event is part of the 1968/2018 Cities on the Edge series, co-sponsored with the Humanities Council. The conversation is co-sponsored by the Center for Collaborative History, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.