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Trump's True Believers

By Ronald W. Pies/The Conversation

When Donald Trump gave the commencement address at Liberty University this spring, he told the graduates that "America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers." Trump argued that, in America, "we don't worship government; we worship God."

I suspect the president was unaware that the term "true believer" was made famous more than 65 years ago in Eric Hoffer's 1951 book, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements.

Hoffer had no academic training, having worked mainly as a longshoreman. He wrote The True Believer in reaction to the rise of fascism, Nazism and communism. Against all odds, the book became a best-seller.

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Posted on July 17, 2017

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
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Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009

Trump's True Believers

By Ronald W. Pies/The Conversation
The true believer is rarely concerned with facts. It is futile to judge the viability of a new movement by the truth of its doctrine and the feasibility of its promises.

Posted on July 17, 2017

Swim Pretty

By SIU Press
Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender, and Nature.

Posted on July 10, 2017

Corn Kings and One-Horse Thieves: A Plain-Spoken History of Mid-Illinois

By SIU Press
The history of an often overlooked yet fascinating region of Illinois.

Posted on July 6, 2017

Textbooks In The Digital World

By Kui Xie and Nicole Luthy/The Conversation
The proliferation of technology tools and resources has transformed the learning landscape. The shift from print to digital has given students and teachers access to content that exceeds the quantity and quality of a traditional textbook. With these advances come more engaging and exciting ways for students (and teachers) to learn.

Posted on June 28, 2017

The Fresh Air Fund's Complicated Racial Record

By Tobin Miller Shearer/The Conversation
Not only did Chicagoan Janice Batts have to deal with feeling like she was at a "slave auction" when the white Iowan hosts came to pick up the tag-wearing African-American children in the 1960s and 1970s, her host siblings would ask questions like "Why is your nose so wide? Do you sunburn? Why is your hair curly?" She experienced severe trauma as well; a host father sexually abused her over the course of two consecutive summers.

Posted on June 26, 2017

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