The Speech: Race and Barack Obamas A More Perfect Union

The Speech: Race and Barack Obamas A More Perfect Union

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by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
     
 

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After Senator Barack Obama delivered his celebrated speech, "A More Perfect Union," on March 18, 2008, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd noted that only Barack Obama "could alchemize a nuanced 40-minute speech on race into must-see YouTube viewing for 20-year-olds." Pundits established the speechs historical eminence with

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After Senator Barack Obama delivered his celebrated speech, "A More Perfect Union," on March 18, 2008, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd noted that only Barack Obama "could alchemize a nuanced 40-minute speech on race into must-see YouTube viewing for 20-year-olds." Pundits established the speechs historical eminence with comparisons to Abraham Lincolns "A House Divided" and Martin Luther King Jrs "I Have a Dream." The future president had addressed one of the biggest issues facing his campaign-and our country-with an eloquence and honesty rarely before heard on a national stage.


The Speech brings together a distinguished lineup of writers and thinkers-among them Adam Mansbach, Alice Randall, Connie Schultz, and William Julius Wilson -in a multifaceted exploration of Obamas address. Their original essays examine every aspect of the speech-literary, political, social, and cultural-and are punctuated by Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jacksons reportage on the issue of race in the now historic 2008 campaign. The Speech memorializes and gives full due to a speech that propelled Obama toward the White House, and prompted a nation to evaluate our imperfect but hopeful union.

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A team of scholars and journalists explore the implications of Barack Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union," given in the heat of the 2008 primary campaign, in this volume edited by Sharpley-Whiting (Pimps Up, Hos Down). Written by Obama in response to the media frenzy over statements by his pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, "A More Perfect Union" addressed the enduring legacy of slavery and racism and instantly entered the canon of great American oratory. The contributors use the speech as a starting point to examine the divide between civil rights-era activism (and activists) and the politics of a younger generation that has grown up in its shadow, as well as the development of black oratory, the meaning of a "postracial" society, the immigrant experience and divisions between the descendants of American slaves and postcolonial immigrants from the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America. Scholarly without being dry, the book offers a way forward from what has become a stalemate between a "color-blind" white America that sees racism as a problem solved in the 1960s and a nation of ethnic minorities that experiences daily its structural inequities. (Aug.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608191499
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/23/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author


T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting is the director of Vanderbilt Universitys Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and the W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies. She is the author of four books, including the award-winning Pimps Up, Hos Down, and the editor or coeditor of five others, most recently The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism.


T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting is the director of Vanderbilt Universitys Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and the W. T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies. She is the author of four books, including the award-winning Pimps Up, Hos Down, and the editor or coeditor of five others, most recently The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism.

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Speech: Race and Barack Obama's A More Perfect Union 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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VickiLN More than 1 year ago
This book contains a collection of essays from various people concerning the speech given by (then)Senator Barack Obama on March 18th, 2008. The speech was very powerful and I enjoyed reading the essays. I think Obama has a talent for speaking publicly and it was interesting to see other views. The book is short and well worth the time it takes to read. I would recommend this book to everyone who cares about this country, whether an Obama supporter or not.