Revolt of the Suburbs in the 1968 & 2018 Elections

Tue, Oct 2, 2018, 4:30 pm
McCormick 101
Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities
Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP)

Tuesday, October 2, 4:30 pm McCormick 101


Political pundits identify a “suburban revolt” as the key to victory in the 2018 midterms. In a reversal of Richard Nixon’s 1968 efforts to court “Forgotten Americans” wary of the excesses of 1960s liberalism, Democratic politicians and strategists hope to turn suburban voters against President Trump and right-wing Republican extremism fifty years later. Join three award-winning historians for a discussion of the roots of this political strategy, the changing nature of suburbs, and the significance of the election for the future of American politics.


Lily Geismer (Claremont McKenna) is the author of Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party.

Matthew Lassiter (Michigan) is the author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South.

Moderated by Kevin Kruse (Princeton University).


This event is part of a year-long series, 1968/2018: Cities on the Edge.