Reading is a staple recommendation, but a number of lists are light on research and/or rely too heavily on recent releases (and subsequently read like a publisher’s marketing copy). There have been a handful of rigorous syllabi worth exploring.
Public Books’ “Trump Syllabus 2.0,” published on 28 June 2016, was a response to The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s version from a week prior. Though published about a month prior to the national conventions, the 2.0 syllabus covers much of the necessary ground to understand the ascent of Trump. It is immensely broad and, as its schedule suggests, could easily take four months to cover. The weekly topics alone are a useful framework for understanding the breadth of the problems of Trump’s campaign: white power, Islamophobia, national security, anti-Mexican sentiment, misogyny, etc.
Syllabus in PDF form here: public-books-trump-syllabus-2
Teaching Tolerance, an educational resource of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), created an excellent, broad online resource for the 2016 Election. While the format is geared towards professional educators, the material is rich enough to merit everyone’s time.
The resource is divided into several subject areas: Countering Bias; Civic Activities; Getting Along; How To (or, how teachers can cover the election in class); and Election Sites. Every section mixes research, media, storytelling, activities, direct action, and much more—in short, there are a number of entry points for users. Post-Election Day, the Election Sites section may seem of less use, but it still deserves attention, given the current level of interest and attention upon the election process.
The entire Teaching Tolerance project, which has been in existence since 1991, is remarkable and worth your time. The site is updated regularly, so it is worth bookmarking, adding to your RSS feed, etc. And, of course, the SPLC is very deserving of your support.