On Fascism: 12 Lessons from American History

On Fascism: 12 Lessons from American History

by Matthew C. MacWilliams Author

Trumpism isn’t new, but rooted in our refusal to come to terms with historical reality.

An expert on American authoritarianism offers 12 lessons to expose the divisive rhetoric, strongman tactics, violent othering, and authoritarian attitudes that course through American history. The Chinese Exclusion Act, The Trail of Tears, The internment of Japanese-Americans, The Surveillance State, at turning points throughout history we witnessed the authoritarian impulse drive policy and win public support. Only by confronting and reconciling this past, can America move forward into a future rooted in our Republic. But this book is also a celebration of our spirit, perseverance, and commitment to the values at the heart of the American project. On Fascism is both an honest reckoning and a call for reconciliation. Denial and division will not save the Republic, but coming to terms with our history might.