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ChoiceAdds a great deal to an understanding of how a variety of ethnicities and systems of belief affect U.S. politics. Recommended.
— T. T. Gibson, Monmouth College
The role that race and religion play in American presidential elections is attracting national attention like never before. The 2008 presidential candidates reached out to an unprecedented number of racial and religious voting constituencies including African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Mainline Protestants, Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews, women, the non-religious, and more. Religion, Race, and the American Presidency focuses on the roles of these racial and religious groups in presidential elections over the last forty years, and in elections since 2000 in particular. Drawing upon survey data, interviews, and case studies of recent presidents, the contributors examine the complicated relationships between American presidents and key racial and religious groups. The paperback edition features a new capstone chapter on the 2008 elections.
Contributions by Brian Robert Calfano, David G. Dalin, Paul A. Djupe, Gastón Espinosa, John C. Green, Melissa V. Harris-Lacewell, Lyman A. Kellstedt, So Young Kim, David C. Leege, Laura R. Olson, Corwin Smidt, Katherine E. Stenger, and Adam L. Warber.
Chapter 1: Evangelicals and the American Presidency
Chapter 2: Mainline Protestants and the American Presidency
Laura R. Olsen and Adam L. Warber
Chapter 3: Catholics and the American Presidency
David C. Leege
Chapter 4: Seculars and the American Presidency
Lyman A. Kellstedt
Chapter 5: Women, Religion, and the American Presidency
Katherine E. Stenger
Chapter 6: Jews and the American Presidency
David G. Dalin
Chapter 7: Muslims and the American Presidency
Brian Robert Calfano, Paul A. Djupe, and John C. Green
Chapter 8: Asian Americans, Religion, and the American Presidency
So Young Kim
Chapter 9: African Americans, Religion, and the American Presidency
Melissa V. Harris-Lacewell
Chapter 10: Latinos, Religion, and the American Presidency