Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race

Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race

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by Thomas J. Sugrue
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691137307

ISBN-13: 9780691137308

Pub. Date: 05/04/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Barack Obama, in his acclaimed campaign speech discussing the troubling complexities of race in America today, quoted William Faulkner's famous remark "The past isn't dead and buried. In fact, it isn't even past." In Not Even Past, award-winning historian Thomas Sugrue examines the paradox of race in Obama's America and how President Obama intends to deal

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Barack Obama, in his acclaimed campaign speech discussing the troubling complexities of race in America today, quoted William Faulkner's famous remark "The past isn't dead and buried. In fact, it isn't even past." In Not Even Past, award-winning historian Thomas Sugrue examines the paradox of race in Obama's America and how President Obama intends to deal with it.

Obama's journey to the White House undoubtedly marks a watershed in the history of race in America. Yet even in what is being hailed as the post-civil rights era, racial divisions--particularly between blacks and whites--remain deeply entrenched in American life. Sugrue traces Obama's evolving understanding of race and racial inequality throughout his career, from his early days as a community organizer in Chicago, to his time as an attorney and scholar, to his spectacular rise to power as a charismatic and savvy politician, to his dramatic presidential campaign. Sugrue looks at Obama's place in the contested history of the civil rights struggle; his views about the root causes of black poverty in America; and the incredible challenges confronting his historic presidency.

Does Obama's presidency signal the end of race in American life? In Not Even Past, a leading historian of civil rights, race, and urban America offers a revealing and unflinchingly honest assessment of the culture and politics of race in the age of Obama, and of our prospects for a postracial America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691137308
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Series:
Lawrence Stone Lectures Series
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction 1

CHAPTER I: "This Is My Story": Obama, Civil Rights, and Memory 11

CHAPTER II: Obama and the Truly Disadvantaged: The Politics of Race and Class 56

CHAPTER III: "A More Perfect Union"? The Burden of Race in Obama's America 92

Acknowledgments 139

Notes 141

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short read on the intellectual biography of the most historic figure of our generation. A must read for any student of american studies