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Winning While Losing
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During the four decades separating the presidencies of Lyndon B. Johnson and Barack Obama, the meaning of civil rights has become increasingly complex. Civil rights leaders made great strides in breaking down once-impermeable racial barriers, but they also suffered many political setbacks in their attempts to remedy centuries of discrimination and oppression as race and the ascendancy of conservatism in America became inextricably intertwined.

This pioneering collection of essays chronicles the ways in which presidential politics have shaped black experiences in the aftermath of the civil rights legislation passed in the 1960s, from the experimental and transitional nature of Richard Nixon's policies and the transformative aspect of Ronald Reagan's presidency to the constraints that Reagan's legacy placed on Bill Clinton and the continued efforts to disenfranchise black and poor people in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction. The Paradox of Success: Civil Rights and the Presidency in a New Era
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 1. Zigs and Zags: Richard Nixon and the New Politics of Race
  2. pp. 26-54
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  1. 2. African American Civil Rights and Conservative Mobilization in the Jimmy Carter Years
  2. pp. 55-81
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  1. 3. Ronald Reagan and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights: Battles Won and Wars Lost
  2. pp. 82-120
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  1. 4. Rebuilding Institutions and Redefining Issues: The Reagan Justice Department and the Reconstruction of Civil Rights
  2. pp. 121-152
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  1. 5. Civil Rights Policymaking in the Clinton Administration: In Reagan’s Shadow
  2. pp. 153-180
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  1. 6. Old Vinegar in a New Bottle: Vote Denial in the 2000 Presidential Election and Beyond
  2. pp. 181-215
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  1. 7. George W. Bush, Compassionate Conservatism, and the Limits of “Racial Realism”
  2. pp. 216-260
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  1. 8. Civil Rights and the First Black President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Racial Equality
  2. pp. 261-274
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  1. Conclusion: More Equal and Less Equal since the 1970s
  2. pp. 275-286
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 287-288
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