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The return of racism and war, as seemingly permanent features of American public and political life, is at the heart of our present crisis and collective disorientation.
Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency in 2016 placed control of the government in the hands of the most racially homogenous, far-right political party in the Western world. The situation produced shock and disbelief among liberals, progressives, and leftists globally, yet common analysis neglects to ask how the United States arrived here.
Race and America’s Long War looks at the relationship between war, politics, police power, and the changing contours of race and racism in the contemporary United States. Nikhil Pal Singh argues that the United States’ pursuit of war since the September 11 terrorist attacks has reanimated imperial statecraft which has historically segregated and eliminated enemies both within and overseas. America’s territorial expansion and Indian removals, settler in-migration and nativist restriction, and African slavery and its after-lives were formative social and political processes that drove the rise of the United States as a capitalist world power long before the onset of globalization.
Nikhil Pal Singh, Jeanne Morefield