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The way we were

Extracts from memoirs and diaries, chosen by Ian Irvine

American populism: the people and their enemies

Theodore Roosevelt in a procession along West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago, 1912.
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In the early 1850s immigration to the United States rose dramatically. Most were Catholics from Ireland and Germany. A movement of nativist reaction called “Know Nothings” had considerable electoral success. It was hostile to wealth, elites and expertise, and deeply suspicious of outsiders. An 1855 editorial in a Texas newspaper railed:

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In Prospect’s November issue: Sam Tanenhaus argues Donald Trump is a consequence of the American government ignoring the people—and they’ll have to deal with his impact whether he wins or loses the presidential election. Diane Roberts explores the rage eating America by looking at the people that government has failed. Switching the focus to the UK, David Marquand and a quartet of commentators assess Labour’s position—with varying conclusions. Also in this issue: Matthew Qvortrup looks at the relationship between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, two of Europe’s most important politicians whose lives have long been intertwined. Andy Burnham, Labour’s candidate for the mayor of Manchester, lays down the reasons why the northern powerhouse is so important and Prospect’s Arts and Books Editor Sameer Rahim reviews Zadie Smith’s latest novel.
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