How does the current right-wing political movement in the United States fit into American history? How did it develop? How has the movement been changing politics and policy in America? Maria Armoudian sits down with Kathleen Blee, Lawrence Rosenthal, and Martin Cohen to discuss the history of right-wing movements in the United States.

Kathleen Blee is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an expert in social movements and is the author of Democracy in the Making: How Activist Groups Form.

Lawrence Rosenthal is the Executive Director of the Center for Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an expert on the right-wing movement in the United States and is the co-author of Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party.

Martin Cohen is a Professor of Political Science at James Madison University. He is an expert in religion and politics and is the co-author of The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform.

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