Magazine September 21, 2020, Issue

When the Silent Majority Rioted in New York City

Hard hat and jacket rest on a truck. (Max Whittaker/Reuters)
The Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution, by David Paul Kuhn (Oxford University Press, 416 pp., $29.95)

If you spend time paying attention to political bumper stickers, you will probably notice a much greater likelihood of finding a “Trump for President” sticker on a pickup truck or the van of a blue-collar worker than on an Audi, a Lexus, or a Subaru. Since 2016, it has become obligatory to include a discussion of the so-called white working class when explaining the rise of Trumpism in the Republican Party.

Yet this trend has been decades in the making, as David Paul Kuhn explains in his outstanding new book, The Hardhat Riot. A political journalist, Kuhn takes the reader back …

This article appears as “The Silent Majority's Riot” in the September 21, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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Vincent J. Cannato — Mr. Cannato teaches history at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is the author of The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and His Struggle to Save New York.

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