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The Ethnic Presidency: How Race Decides the Race to the White House

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The role that racial and ethnic issues play in influencing—and often ultimately deciding—presidential elections past, present, and future is analyzed in this explosive and hard-hitting study. The history of race on the campaign trail is addressed, with special attention paid to the last three decades of presidential platforms. Issues surrounding the upcoming 2008 presidential election are given close examination as well, with topics discussed including Obamamania, the soaring Latino vote, immigration wars, ...

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Overview

The role that racial and ethnic issues play in influencing—and often ultimately deciding—presidential elections past, present, and future is analyzed in this explosive and hard-hitting study. The history of race on the campaign trail is addressed, with special attention paid to the last three decades of presidential platforms. Issues surrounding the upcoming 2008 presidential election are given close examination as well, with topics discussed including Obamamania, the soaring Latino vote, immigration wars, and the Republican Party’s love/hate relationship with black and Latino America. Packed with political insight, this innovative survey wrestles with the tough questions and the gritty truth of the place of race in politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881032250
  • Publisher: Middle Passage Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a nationally acclaimed author and political analyst. His columns have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post. He is the associate editor at New American Media and the author of The Assassination of the Black Male Image; Betrayed: A History of Presidential Failure to Protect Black Lives; Beyond O.J.: Race, Sex and Class Lessons for America; Blacks and Reds: Race and Class in Conflict, 1919–1990; The Crisis in Black and Black; The Disappearance of Black Leadership; and The Latino Challenge to Black America. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Obama and the X Factor of Race     8
The Hillary and Obama Road Show     22
Edwards Made Poverty No Longer a Dirty Word in the Democrats' Mouths     35
Between Worlds: President Richardson or Latino President Richardson?     48
Democrats Take the Black Vote off the Plantation     59
Reagan, Race and His Imitators     74
Inclusion is Still the GOP's Dilemma     88
Republicans Rethink Race-Momentarily     101
The GOP's Immigration Wall     118
Presidential Candidates Discover the Model Minority     131
Blacks Helped Elect Bush     141
Latinos Helped Elect Bush Too     152
Postscript     163
Sources     167
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