Conclusion and Summary

While updating you all on my research I often left out how the actual process is going, instead choosing to update everyone about what I was learning regarding the subject matter of my paper. That being said, I wanted to make this conclusion post about what I’ve learned throughout this research project and some thoughts summarizing American populism and the direction it is heading in.

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Update #3: Writing about American Populism

Hello folks! These last couple weeks I have been finishing up the sources I gathered discussing American populism during the 20th century, today, and how it has evolved and begun writing my literature review. Something I have made sure to keep in mind while writing about these politicians and their use of populism (Huey Long, Father Coughlin, George Wallace, and Donald Trump) is the importance of providing historical context to their rise and terms as elected officials. That being said, it can be difficult to keep entire decades of political history short, but I think I have been doing a good job of presenting this information concisely.

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Update #2: Defining Populism

In retrospect, I’ve presented my research here a little bit backwards. Oops. Anyways, in the last couple weeks I’ve been going deeper into the definitions of populism in the context of American history.

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Update #1: How Democracies Die

This project was initially inspired by not only my study of revolutions and regime changes while at William and Mary, but also the 2016 election and the subsequent issues that have risen concerning how our government is run and the overall state of the United States’ democracy. I decided to study something that has applied to both of these areas of study: populism. One source that aims to explain and describe these events and the election of Donald Trump is How Democracies Die by Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt.

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