The Presidential Campaign of Barack Obama

Author: Dewey M. Clayton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135841411
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In the early twenty-first century, race still occupies a dominant role in American politics. Despite this truism, presidential candidate Barack Obama was uniquely poised to transcend both race and party as the first African American to have a realistic chance of winning the presidency. Previous contenders running in the traditional mode of the Civil Rights Movement based their appeal primarily on African American voters. Obama, on the other hand, ran a deracialized campaign in an effort to appeal to voters of different backgrounds and political parties. Clayton examines how race in American politics has changed over time and offers an explanation for why Obama’s candidacy offers a different roadmap for the future. The Presidential Campaign of Barack Obama provides students of politics, inside and outside of the classroom, a unique opportunity to explore the institutional and structural challenges an African American faces in becoming the president of the United States. This guide to major issues in Black politics and the ins and outs of the 2008 campaign provides the necessary contours for understanding how the highest elected African American official won office.

The Obama Presidency and the Politics of Change

Author: Edward Ashbee
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319410334
Format: PDF, ePub
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This edited volume considers the extent to which the Obama presidency matched the promises of hope and change that were held out in the 2008 election. Contributors assess the character of “change” and, within this context, survey the extent to which there was enduring change within particular policy areas, both domestic and foreign. The authors combine empirical detail with more speculative assessment of the limits and possibilities of change amidst a very dense institutional landscape and in an era of intense political polarization. Some see significant changes, the full consequences of which may only be evident in later years. Other authors in the collection present a markedly different picture and suggest that processes of change were not only limited and partial but at times leading the US in directions far removed from the promises of 2008. The book will make an important contribution to the debates about the Obama legacy.

The Barack Obama Presidency

Author: J. Davis
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230370454
Format: PDF
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Exploring the 'promise' and 'peril' associated with the opening two years of the presidency of Barack Obama, this book is a comparative look at the various aspects of his presidential strategy including the impact of his legislative agenda, his use of executive power, and the burgeoning disillusionment within the African American community.

American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom

Author: Hanes Walton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317218612
Format: PDF
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This dynamic and comprehensive text from nationally renowned scholars continues to demonstrate the profound influence African Americans have had -- and continue to have -- on American politics. Through the use of two interrelated themes -- the idea of universal freedom and the concept of minority-majority coalitions -- the text demonstrates how the presence of Africans in the United States affected the founding of the Republic and its political institutions and processes. The authors show that through the quest for their own freedom in the United States, African Americans have universalized and expanded the freedoms of all Americans. New to the Eighth Edition A new co-author, Sherri L. Wallace, is renowned for her teaching, scholarship, and participation in APSA’s American government textbook assessment for coverage of race, ethnicity, and gender. She is the perfect addition following an election year that included female presidential candidates as well as candidates of color and issues focusing on racial tension and inequality. Offers a new Media Integration Guide for the first time. Provides the first overall assessment of the Obama administration in relation to domestic and foreign policy and racial politics in particular. Updated through the 2016 elections, connecting the Obama years with the new administration. Looks at candidates Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson in particular in relation to the themes of the book. Adds a new section on State Politics and Elections. Includes new sections on intersectionality dealing with issues of race, gender and sexuality; LGBT issues as another manifestation of the struggle for universal freedom; a discussion of the "Black Lives Matter" movement; and a new section focusing on the changing character of black ethnicity as result of increased immigration from Africa and the Caribbean. Discusses the way in which race contributed to the polarization of American politics; the connections to the Tea Party; and the Obama Presidency and the 2016 presidential campaign as the most polarized since the advent of polling. Previews the impact of the Trump Administration on matters of race and ethnicity.

From the Bullet to the Ballot

Author: Jakobi Williams
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469608162
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In this comprehensive history of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party (ILBPP), Chicago native Jakobi Williams demonstrates that the city's Black Power movement was both a response to and an extension of the city's civil rights movement. Williams focuses on the life and violent death of Fred Hampton, a charismatic leader who served as president of the NAACP Youth Council and continued to pursue a civil rights agenda when he became chairman of the revolutionary Chicago-based Black Panther Party. Framing the story of Hampton and the ILBPP as a social and political history and using, for the first time, sealed secret police files in Chicago and interviews conducted with often reticent former members of the ILBPP, Williams explores how Hampton helped develop racial coalitions between the ILBPP and other local activists and organizations. Williams also recounts the history of the original Rainbow Coalition, created in response to Richard J. Daley's Democratic machine, to show how the Panthers worked to create an antiracist, anticlass coalition to fight urban renewal, political corruption, and police brutality.

Studies of Identity in the 2008 Presidential Campaign

Author: Robert E. Denton (Jr.)
Publisher:
ISBN:
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"Robert E. Denton, Jr., has created a collection of incisive and prescient essays that adroitly explores the 'change' to identity politics that occur red during the 2008 presidential election. These contributors demonstrate that, from the public sphere to the academy, the 2008 election changed the way our prospective leaders communicate who they are and what they represent to the public at large. Understanding the nexus between identity, politics, and communication has never been more important."-Joseph M. Valenzano III. University of Nevada, Las Vegas "Studies of Identity in the 2008 Presidential Campaign adds important scholarly understanding to one of the most important presidential elections in American history. Robert Denton has gathered together a group of scholars that will help people understand and provoke debate on Me importance of identity politics during the campaign and American political culture as well. This book is a must for those wanting to understand all of the contours of the 2008 presidential election."-Jason Edwards, Bridgewater State College "The trouble with conventional thinking dare I call it PC? is that it stifles new insights. Studies of Identity in the 2008 Presidential Campaign brings a welcome collection of fresh perspectives to a topic burdened by the same-old, same-old conventionality. This volume is incisive and thought-provoking."-Stephen D. Cooper, Marshall University To simply say that they 2008 presidential election was historic seems like an understatement. Issues of race, gender, and age dominated the campaign both implicitly and explicitly. The candidacies of Clinton, Obama, McCain, and Palin provided the context and dynamics for charges of racism, sexism, and ageism. Studies of Identity in the 2008 Presidential Campain explores issues of identity politics and the presidential election. Investigating all aspects of race, gender, and ageism, the contributors to this volume address the role and function of "identity politics" in political campaigns, and highlight challenges of identity politics in contemporary political campaigns

Minority Reports

Author: Michael Borgstrom
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:
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How do views about the identities of authors influence interpretations of their works? Through close readings of texts by African American and women authors, Minority Reports offers a theoretical defense of the use of identity categories in American studies by examining how early American literature not only responds to the social stratification of the nineteenth century but also challenges modern historical conceptions of this era. By foregrounding the significance of early minority-authored texts to contemporary theoretical analysis, Minority Reports thus reconfigures traditional histories of racial, sexual, and gender identities, while it simultaneously reassesses recent paradigms for minority identity more generally.

Swing Time

Author: Zadie Smith
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462316001
Format: PDF, ePub
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»Nicht nur Freundschaft, sondern die ganze verrückte, ungerechte Welt wird einem präzisen prüfenden Blick unterzogen.« New York Magazine.Beim Tanzunterricht lernen sich zwei kleine Mädchen kennen und werden Freundinnen. Beide träumen davon, Tänzerinnen zu werden. Doch nur die eine hat Talent. Die andere hat Ideen: über Rhythmus und Zeit, über schwarze Haut und schwarze Musik, über Stammeszugehörigkeit, Milieu, Bildung und Chancengleichheit. Als sich die beiden Mädchen zum ersten Mal begegnen, fühlen sie sich sofort zueinander hingezogen. Die gleiche Leidenschaft fürs Tanzen und für Musicals verbindet sie, doch auch derselbe Londoner Vorort und die Hautfarbe. Ihre Wege trennen sich, als Tracey tatsächlich Tänzerin wird und erste Rollen in Musicals bekommt. Ihre Freundin wiederum jettet als Assistentin der berühmten Sängerin Aimee um die Welt. Als Aimee in Afrika eine Schule gründen will, reist sie ihr voraus und lässt sich durch das Land, in dem ihre Wurzeln liegen, verzaubern und aus dem Rhythmus bringen. Dieser grandiose Roman von Zadie Smith, der in den USA und in Großbritannien von Presse und Publikum gefeiert wird, erzählt am Beispiel zweier Freundinnen vom Siegen und Scheitern, vom Beginnen und Enden. »Bewegend, lustig und wahrhaftig analysiert dieser Roman mit der Eleganz von Fred Astaire oder Michael Jackson Themen wie Hautfarbe und Weltpolitik.« Kirkus Reviews