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February 2, 2017

Post-Election Message to ASA Members from the Council of the American Studies Association


The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency represents a dangerous crossroad. The executive actions that ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries and prohibit entry by refugees, expand the wall between the United States and Mexico, and those that have approved the advance of the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines, exemplify these dangers. These acts of exclusionary nationalism and the ongoing abrogation of indigenous sovereignty have long histories that reach back to the founding of the U.S. nation-state. National origins and religious affiliation have been regularly deployed throughout U.S. history to entrench structures of settler colonialism, anti-black racism, and citizenship exclusions that ...(Read more)

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