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The Obama Phenomenon
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Barack Obama's campaign and electoral victory demonstrated the dynamic nature of American democracy. Beginning as a special issue of The Black Scholar, this probing collection illustrates the impact of "the Obama phenomenon" on the future of U.S. race relations through readings on Barack Obama's campaign as well as the idealism and pragmatism of the Obama administration. Some of the foremost scholars of African American politics and culture from an array of disciplines--including political science, theology, economics, history, journalism, sociology, cultural studies, and law--offer critical analyses of topics as diverse as Obama and the media, Obama's connection with the hip hop community, the public's perception of first lady Michelle Obama, voter behavior, and the history of racial issues in presidential campaigns since the 1960s._x000B__x000B_Contributors are Josephine A. V. Allen, Robert L. Allen, Herb Boyd, Donald R. Deskins Jr., Cheryl I. Harris, Charles P. Henry, Dwight N. Hopkins, John L. Jackson, Maulana Karenga, Robin D. G. Kelley, Martin Kilson, Clarence Lusane, Julianne Malveaux, Shaun Ossei-Owusu, Dianne M. Pinderhughes, Sherman C. Puckett, Scharn Robinson, Ula Y. Taylor, Alice Walker, Hanes Walton Jr., and Ronald Williams II.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I: The Election
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. 1. Toward a Multiracial Democracy: The Jackson and Obama Contributions
  2. pp. 15-33
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  1. 2. Analysis of Black American Voters in Barack Obama’s Victory
  2. pp. 34-59
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  1. 3. Dead Certain: The Election of Barack Obama and Its Implications for Racial Politics
  2. pp. 60-81
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  1. 4. What Trumped?: Race, Class, Gender, Generation, the Economy, and the 2008 Elections
  2. pp. 82-91
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  1. 5. Race, the Presidency, and Obama’s First Year
  2. pp. 92-110
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  1. 6. Under Press-ure: Overcoming the Media and Its Mavens?
  2. pp. 111-125
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  1. 7. Opportunity Costs: The Impact of the 2008 Campaign on the Legacy of William Jefferson Clinton
  2. pp. 126-140
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  1. Part II: Culture
  2. pp. 141-142
  1. 8. Lest We Forget: An open letter to my sisters who are brave
  2. pp. 143-147
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  1. 9. The Ambivalent Embrace of Barack Obama: The Ethical Significance and Social Apprehension of Black
  2. pp. 148-164
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  1. 10. Obama, Black Religion, and the Reverend Wright Controversy
  2. pp. 165-180
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  1. 11. Race, Religion, and the Race for the White House
  2. pp. 181-199
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  1. 12. The New Negro in African American Politics: Barack Obama and the Politics of Racial Representation
  2. pp. 200-217
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  1. 13. Barack Obama’s Anomalous Relationship with the Hip-Hop Community
  2. pp. 218-235
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  1. 14. Too Black and Too Strong: First Lady Michelle Obama
  2. pp. 236-250
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  1. Part III: Policy
  2. pp. 251-252
  1. 15. President Obama: Freedom Democrat or Neoliberal?
  2. pp. 253-261
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  1. 16. Multicultural Hegemony: Globalization and the Obama Doctrine
  2. pp. 262-276
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  1. 17. An Affirmative Act?: Barack Obama and the Past, Present, and Future of Race-Conscious Remedies
  2. pp. 277-310
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  1. Epilogue: The Legacy of the Obama Era: A New Electoral Majority?
  2. pp. 311-314
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 315-318
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 319-326
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  1. Publication Information
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