Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America

Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America

by Michael L. Ondaatje
     
 

In Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America, Michael L. Ondaatje delves deeply into the historical archive to chronicle the origins of black conservatism in the United States from the early 1980s to the present. Focusing on three significant policy issues-affirmative action, welfare, and education-Ondaatje critically engages with the ideas of nine of the

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In Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America, Michael L. Ondaatje delves deeply into the historical archive to chronicle the origins of black conservatism in the United States from the early 1980s to the present. Focusing on three significant policy issues-affirmative action, welfare, and education-Ondaatje critically engages with the ideas of nine of the most influential black conservatives. He further documents how their ideas were received, both by white conservatives eager to capitalize on black support for their ideas and by activists on the left who too often sought to impugn the motives of black conservatives instead of challenging the merits of their claims. While Ondaatje's investigation uncovers the themes and issues that link these voices together, he debunks the myth of a monolithic black conservatism. Figures such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, the Hoover Institution's Thomas Sowell and Shelby Steele, and cultural theorist John McWhorter emerge as individuals with their own distinct understandings of and relationships to the conservative political tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812242065
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
12/18/2009
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Profiles of an Intellectual Vanguard 25

2 Affirmative Action Dilemmas 55

3 Partisans of the Poor? 92

4 Visions of School Reform 125

Conclusion 155

Notes 157

Index 209

Acknowledgments 219

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