Populism in Historical Perspective and in the Age of Trump

Rarely in the last century has the intellectual category "populism" been on the minds of so many pundits and citizens. And rarely has that category more needed genuinely historical analysis. I have led NTC seminars on American populism before, but this session will differ (a) by consciously using the issue of Trump, the politics of resentment, and issue of the white working class to explore current controversies in the use of the term "populism," and (b) by exploring the global reach of these issues, from Brexit to Venezuela. At the same time, we will explore "populists" (or not?) in the American past. Anti-Federalists? Andrew Jackson? Joe McCarthy? And, of course, the "capital P" Populist late-nineteenth-century agrarian rebels-the prototypical rebels who today seem so easily forgotten.