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The election of Barack Obama to the presidency marked a conclusive end to the Reagan era, writes John Kenneth White in Barack Obama's America. Reagan symbolized a 1950s and 1960s America, largely white and suburban, with married couples and kids at home, who attended church more often than not. Obama's election marked a new era, the author writes. Whites will be a minority by 2042. Marriage is at an all-time low. Cohabitation has increased from a half-million couples in 1960 to more than 5 million in 2000 to even more this year. Gay marriages and civil unions are redefining what it means to be a family. And organized religions are suffering, even as Americans continue to think of themselves as a religious people. Obama's inauguration was a defining moment in the political destiny of this country, based largely on demographic shifts, as described in Barack Obama's America.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Endorsements, Half Title, Series Titles, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Politics of Discomfort
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. One • One Family, Two Centuries
  2. pp. 13-46
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  1. Two • Twenty-first-Century Faces
  2. pp. 47-80
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  1. Three • Redefining Relationships
  2. pp. 81-116
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  1. Four • The Gay-Rights Paradox
  2. pp. 117-152
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  1. Five • Shrunken Congregations, Soulful Citizens
  2. pp. 153-184
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  1. Six • The Death of the Reagan Coalition
  2. pp. 185-212
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  1. Seven • Barack Obama’s America
  2. pp. 213-236
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 237-284
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 285-305
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472900909
Related ISBN
9780472114504
MARC Record
OCLC
1103695832
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-02
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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