Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama's America available in Hardcover
Offering a fresh perspective on the networks of governing institutions, political groups, and political actors that influence the structure of American racial politics, King and Smith identify three distinct periods of opposing racial policy coalitions in American history. The authors investigate how today's alliances pit color-blind and race-conscious approaches against one another, contributing to political polarization and distorted policymaking. Contending that President Obama has so far inadequately confronted partisan divisions over race, the authors call for all sides to recognize the need for a balance of policy measures if America is to ever cease being a nation divided.
Presenting a powerful account of American political alliances and their contending racial agendas, Still a House Divided sheds light on a policy path vital to the country's future.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Series:||Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives , #125|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsList of Figures and Tables vii Acknowledgments ix
PART ONE: Obama's Inheritance
CHAPTER 1 That They May All Be One America as a House Divided 3
PART TWO: The Making and Unmaking of Racial Hierarchies
CHAPTER 2 "That is the last speech he will ever make"
The Antebellum Racial Alliances 35
CHAPTER 3 "We of the North were thoroughly wrong"
How Racial Alliances Mobilized Ideas and Law 62
PART THREE: The Trajectory of Racial Alliances
CHAPTER 4 "This backdrop of entrenched inequality"
Affirmative Action in Work 93
CHAPTER 5 To "affi rmatively further fair housing"
Enduring Racial Inequalities in American Homes and Mortgages 137
CHAPTER 6 "To Elect One of Their Own"
Racial Alliances and Majority-Minority Districts 168
CHAPTER 7 "Our goal is to have one classification-American"
Vouchers for Schools and the Multiracial Census 192
CHAPTER 8 "We can take the people out of the slums, but we cannot take the slums out of the people"
How Today's Racial Alliances Shape Laws on Crime and Immigration 215
PART FOUR: America's Inheritance
CHAPTER 9 Prospects of the House Divided 253
What People are Saying About This
"The book's impressive and persuasive argument ranges broadly across many arenas too often discussed separately. The authors show that the United States has experienced three periods of distinct racial alliances, and that we are in the third period, still in a racially structured polity. They indicate that if the stakes in many policy disputes were clearer, the United States could move closer to racial justice and equality through better policy choices."Jennifer Hochschild, Harvard University