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February 26, 2020
Daniel Denvir in Conversation with Dara Lind: All American Nativism
Solid State Books DC
February 26, 2020
7.00pm - 8.00pm
Solid State Books DC
600 H Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002 United States
Join us in welcoming Daniel Denvir in conversation with Dara Lind discussing Denvir’s new book All-American Nativism!

It is often said that with the election of Donald Trump nativism was raised from the dead. After all, here was a president who organized his campaign around a rhetoric of unvarnished racism and xenophobia. Among his first acts on taking office was to block foreign nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. But although his actions may often seem unprecedented, they are not as unusual as many people believe. This story doesn’t begin with Trump. For decades, Republicans and Democrats alike have employed xenophobic ideas and policies, declaring time and again that “illegal immigration” is a threat to the nation’s security, wellbeing, and future.

The profound forces of all-American nativism have, in fact, been pushing politics so far to the right over the last forty years that, for many people, Trump began to look reasonable. As Daniel Denvir argues, issues as diverse as austerity economics, free trade, mass incarceration, the drug war, the contours of the post 9/11 security state, and, yes, Donald Trump and the Alt-Right movement are united by the ideology of nativism, which binds together assorted anxieties and concerns into a ruthless political project.

All-American Nativism provides a powerful and impressively researched account of the long but often forgotten history that gave us Donald Trump.

About the Moderator:

Dara Lind covers immigration policy for ProPublica in Washington, D.C. Before coming to ProPublica Lind spent five years as Vox’s immigration reporter and she remains a regular co-host of Vox’s “The Weeds” podcast

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