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Feminists speak out on race and gender in the 2008 Presidential campaign. Who should be first? With Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as frontrunners, the 2008 Democratic primary campaign was a watershed moment in United States history. Offering the choice of an African American man or a white woman as the next Democratic candidate for U.S. President, the primary marked an unprecedented moment—but one that painfully echoed previous struggles for progressive change that pitted race and gender against each other. Who Should Be First? collects key feminist voices that challenge the instances of racism and sexism during the presidential campaign season, offer personal reflections on this historic moment, and trace the historic legacy of opposing issues of race and gender that informed debates and media representations of the 2008 Democratic primary. In this collection of writings by leading feminists including Patricia J. Williams, Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Carol Moseley Braun, Maureen Dowd, Katha Pollitt, Pearl Cleage, Robin Morgan, Erica Jong, Mark Anthony Neal, and M. Jacqui Alexander about and during this unprecedented—and to many, unexpected—moment, editors Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Johnnetta Cole deftly balance charged conversations in the first collection on this key moment in contemporary U.S. history.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. I. Editorials, Opinions, and Petitions
  2. p. 9
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  1. 1. Feminists for Peace and Barack Obama
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. 2. Feminists for Clinton
  2. pp. 13-15
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  1. 3. Stop the False Race–Gender Divide: A Call to Action
  2. pp. 17-20
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  1. 4. Morning in America: A Letter from Feminists on the Election
  2. pp. 21-23
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  1. 5. Duel of Historical Guilts
  2. pp. 25-27
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  1. 6. It’s Not as Simple as White Trumping Black or Man Trumping Woman
  2. pp. 29-31
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  1. 7. Sex Versus Race, Again
  2. pp. 33-39
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  1. 8. Obama and the Sisters
  2. pp. 41-43
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  1. II. Personal Reflections: Having Our Say
  2. p. 45
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  1. 9. Lest We Forget: An Open Letter to My Sisters Who Are Brave
  2. pp. 47-51
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  1. 10. Culture Trumps Politics and Gender Trumps Race
  2. pp. 53-58
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  1. 11. What Would Shirley Chisholm Say?
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. 12. Voting for the Girl: Some Thoughts on Sisterhood and Citizenship
  2. pp. 63-69
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  1. 13. The Sisterhood Split
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  1. 14. Hillary Versus the Patriarchy
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  1. 15. Hillary Is White
  2. pp. 79-83
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  1. 16. Your Whiteness Is Showing
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  1. 17. Black and for Hillary
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  1. 18. Why I Support Obama
  2. pp. 93-95
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  1. 19. Daughters of the South, Rise Up: On Generation, Gender, and Race in the 2008 Democratic Election
  2. pp. 97-102
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  1. 20. Generation Y Refuses Race–Gender Dichotomy
  2. pp. 103-105
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  1. 21. Why I’m Supporting Barack Obama
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. 22. The Obama Feminists: Why Young Women Are Supporting Obama
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. 23. Yo Momma
  2. pp. 111-114
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  1. 24. Feminists Must Heal the Wounds of Racism
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  1. III. Essays: Making Our Case
  2. p. 119
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  1. 25. Crises of Representation: Hate Messages in Campaign 2008 Commercial Paraphernalia
  2. pp. 121-154
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  1. 26. Goodbye to All That #2
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  1. 27. Race to the Bottom
  2. pp. 163-170
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  1. 28. Intersectionality: Race and Gender in the 2008 Presidential Nomination Campaign
  2. pp. 171-182
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  1. 29. Does Race Trump Gender? Black Women Negotiating their Spaces of Intersection in the 2008 Presidential Campaign
  2. pp. 183-200
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  1. 30. The Generation Gap: Graduate Students and Democratic Primaries Spring 2008
  2. pp. 201-214
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  1. 31. Michelle Obama on My Mind
  2. pp. 215-229
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  1. IV. Post-Election: What We Learned
  2. p. 231
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  1. 32. Why We Need to Stop Obsessing Over Obama
  2. pp. 233-249
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  1. 33. Learning from a Year of Hope and Hard Choices
  2. pp. 251-284
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  1. 34. Reading Obama: Collective Responsibilities and the Politics of Tears
  2. pp. 285-304
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 305-325
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  1. List of Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438433738
Related ISBN
9781438433752
MARC Record
OCLC
658060891
Pages
357
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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