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Barack Obama, the New Face of American Politics

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by Martin Dupuis, Keith Boeckelman
     
 

Barack Obama's election to the U.S. Senate in 2004 is one of the most interesting and colorful political campaigns in recent history. His rousing keynote address at the Democratic National Convention that same year made his name a household word. The Obama for Illinois crusade offers important insights into American politics. The authors explore the role of money,

Overview

Barack Obama's election to the U.S. Senate in 2004 is one of the most interesting and colorful political campaigns in recent history. His rousing keynote address at the Democratic National Convention that same year made his name a household word. The Obama for Illinois crusade offers important insights into American politics. The authors explore the role of money, political party, ethnicity, religion, and the issues facing our society today. Obama's straightforward policy recommendations, message of hope and inclusion, and charismatic style propelled him to the national spotlight. Obama has the potential to shape America and to reshape U.S. politics as he campaigns for the White House.

Obama's state senate career and his decision to enter the U.S. Senate race are examined in this book. Despite a primary field of six competitors, Obama received more than half of the Democratic vote, defeating a multimillionaire and the state comptroller, a well-known figure in the Democratic Party. The general election imploded for the Republicans in the first few weeks of the campaign when it was revealed that their candidate was embroiled in a sex scandal. Alan Keyes, the ultraconservative, outspoken African American who had run for president twice and for the U.S. Senate from Maryland, was recruited to challenge Obama. But Obama, whose skill with the media and whose ability to raise funds was evident even in those early days of his career, easily won the race with 70 percent of the vote. The authors analyze Obama's ability to speak to the concerns of multiple constituencies by appealing to a coalition of voters that transcends race, class, and gender. At the start of his presidential run, Obama gives new meaning to the American dream.

Editorial Reviews

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"The authors chart the rise of Barack Obama, the senator with aspirations to the toughest job in the world, but stop short of his historic victory. As a curtain-raiser to the prospective president, this is a valuable book, written in an engagingly lucid style and filled with fascinating insights into voting patterns, fundraising, race relations, the role of the media in US politics and the arrival of a completely inexperienced face in the White House."
- The Calcutta Telegraph

"Presidential candidate Obama is the only African American in the U.S. Senate. Here, Dupuis and Boeckelman show how his stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, his policy recommendations, and his charismatic style have put him in the national spotlight." - Library Journal

"Senator Barack Obama is on the precipice of making a historical political statement in the United States. The second African-American senator from Illinois, and only the fifth overall, is the first African-American presidential candidate. This book offers an insightful account and analysis of his meteoric rise and unprecedented mass appeal to the American people . . . . Barack Obama, the New Face of American Politics is part of a series dedicated to the study of women and minorities in politics. The authors, whjo are both political science professors, begin this work with the obligatory biographical information and political timeline. Its uniqueness stems from the critical and detailed account of Obama's state senate career in Illinois, followed by an analysis of the 2004 U.S. Senate campaign . . . . This book is recommended for academic and large public libraries, political science scholars and researchers, and general readers interested in the personal and political genesis of Barack Obama." - MultiCultural Review

"In light of this year's heated campaign, libraries might wish to bolster their political science sections. The authors explore the early political career of Barack Obama, includes a brief biography, and discusses Obama's career in the Illinois State Senate. . . . The goals of each chapter are clearly set out and methodically achieved. Every point is clearly sourced, and the book does not seem rushed to publication as hot topic books often are. The many quotes and statistics are well synthesized and not pasted together." - VOYA

"The authors explore the role of money, political party, ethnicity, religion, and the issues facing our society today. Obamas straightforward policy recommendations, message of hope and inclusion, and charismatic style propelled him to the national spotlight. Obama has the potential to shape America and to reshape U.S. politics as he campaigns for the White House. Obama's state senate career and his decision to enter the U.S. Senate race are examined in this book . . . . The authors analyze Obamas ability to speak to the concerns of multiple constituencies by appealing to a coalition of voters that transcends race, class, and gender. At the start of his presidential run, Obama gives new meaning to the American dream." - freebooksource.com

Library Journal

Presidential candidate Obama is the only African American in the U.S. Senate. Here, Dupuis (political science, Univ. of Central Florida) and Boeckelman (politics, Western Illinois Univ.) show how his stirring speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, his policy recommendations, and his charismatic style have put him in the national spotlight.


—Ann Burns

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275991609
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
Women and Minorities in Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Martin Dupuis is Assistant Dean of the Burnett Honors College and associate professor of political science at the University of Central Florida. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California and his JD from the American University.

Keith Boeckelman is associate professor of political science and Research Fellow of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

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