The Coronavirus and the Trump presidency have exposed dysfunctions in our national body politic that existed well before 2020. The nation we will become may be prefigured by what occurred after the Civil War and the Great Depression. The histories of these events provide clues both for hope and concern on how our nation and its people may change in the coming years.
The Coronavirus and the Trump presidency will alter American politics in ways the Civil War and the Great Depression transformed the nation’s political landscape. What clues do these earlier events offer for national life after 2020 in terms of legislation, settlement patterns, race relations, immigration, and foreign policy?