"People tend to treat these moments as isolated incidents or incidents outside of history," Connolly said. "Historians in particular are always looking to provide deep context for contemporary events."
In this case, they wanted to reveal the deep currents weaving throughout history that had propelled Trump's campaign forward.
"Understanding the culture of the US that has allowed someone of Trump's character and questionable credentials to rise to the highest office in the land, that is something that needs to be understood in the long view," Connolly said.
They organized the Trump 2.0 syllabus by topic, with each week covering a specific theme. "We didn't want to make it seem like we were making up the theme that would ultimately go into the syllabus. So what we used to ground the units were statements from Trump himself," Connolly said.
Not many class syllabi have units headed around the statement, "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters," but this one does.
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The Trump 2.0 syllabus is already being used as a guide in undergraduate and graduate classrooms in several universities, and in at least one bookstore according to Connolly. A suggested list of assignments to accompany the syllabus was put together by the African American Intellectual History Society.
It's likely that there will be many more public syllabi compiled in the years to come, including ones about Trump's presidency, instead of his candidacy. But these public syllabi aren't a purely modern phenomenon.
"The effort to create these reading lists are themselves historical. There's a long history of encouraging people to read and learn in response to social ills that goes back into 19th century among minority peoples," Connolly said.
"One of the things that I'm proudest of is that this is a 21st century version of a very old response to political and social threats, and I'm very happy about that."