The Growing Threat of Herrenvolk Democracy

Insurrection for White Supremacy — Then and Now. Image of Trump supporter with Confederate flag (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images, courtesy,, inserted by author into Chromolithograph titled “Assault on Fort Sanders” depicting “Union troops led by Gen. Burnside fighting Confederates led by Gen. Longstreet, Nov. 29, 1863. (Created by Chicago : Kurz & Allison, Art Publishers, 1891. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA)

I went to bed with a smile on my face and Georgia on my mind late on Tuesday night, January 5. News from the Peach State offered reassurance that the spirit of the civil rights icon John Lewis lived on. A state that once belonged to the vanquished Confederacy was about to send two progressives, Raphael Warnock, the African American son of a former cotton picker, and Jon Ossoff, a Jewish entrepreneur, to represent it in the U.S. Senate. …


Professor of History, Brooklyn College and Graduate Center-CUNY; author of books on US Civil War era, slavery, abolition; poverty, race, and welfare in New York

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