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"Can We All Get Along?": Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics



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In a nation built by immigrants and bedeviled by the history and legacy of slavery and discrimination, issues of liberty, equality, and community continue to challenge Americans. In the fifth edition of this widely acclaimed text, Paula McClain and Joseph Stewart combine traditional elements of political science analysis-history, Constitutional theory, institutions, political behavior, and policy actors-with a fully updated survey of the political status of four major groups: blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans, and American Indians. McClain and Stewart show similarities and differences in these groupsrs" political action and experience, and point the way toward coalition, competition, and consensus building in the face of ongoing conflict. Two dilemmas shape the book: How do we as a nation reconcile a commitment to equality with persistent inequality and discrimination? And what can we do about it-from the perspective of ethnic and racial minorities as well as within the dominant culture? Thoroughly updated following the historic 2008 presidential election, this new edition provides a concise overview of minority politics in America.

Author Biography

Paula D. McClain is professor of political science, public policy, and African and African American Studies at Duke University as well as the co-director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals, including the Journal of Politics, American Political Science Review, Urban Affairs Review, and American Politics Quarterly.

Joseph Stewart, Jr. is chair of the department of political science at Clemson University. His work has appeared in a variety of political science, education, public policy, and interdisciplinary journals. His award-winning books include Race, Class, and Education (with Ken Meier and Robert England) and The Politics of Hispanic Education (with Ken Meier).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Mapsp. xiii
List of Acronymsp. xvii
Prefacep. xix
America's Dilemmasp. 1
Terms Used in This Bookp. 5
Race and Ethnicityp. 8
American Government Foundation and Racial Minoritiesp. 10
The Constitution and Black and Indian Citizenshipp. 12
Citizenship and Later Minorities: Latinos and Asiansp. 17
The Constitution and Black and Indian Suffragep. 21
Structure of This Bookp. 25
Conclusionp. 27
Resources and Status of America's Racial Minoritiesp. 29
Population Size, Socioeconomic Status, and Concentrationp. 31
Participation in a Civil Rights Movementp. 45
Voting Rights Lawp. 57
Conclusionp. 63
America's Racial Minorities in the Contemporary Political System: Actorsp. 65
Group Identity and Perceptions of Discriminationp. 71
Political Ideologyp. 75
Partisan Identificationp. 80
Voting Behaviorp. 91
The 1996 Electionsp. 99
The 1998 Congressional Electionsp. 102
The 2000 Electionsp. 108
The 2004 Electionsp. 113
The 2008 Electionsp. 117
Interest Group Activitiesp. 125
Conclusionp. 129
America's Racial Minorities and the Policymaking Processp. 131
Agenda Settingp. 134
Minority Representationp. 135
Federalismp. 158
State Elective Officep. 160
Equal Educational Opportunityp. 165
Affirmative Action in Employmentp. 180
Extension of the Voting Rights Act (VRA)p. 184
Conclusionp. 185
Coalition or Competition? Patterns of Interminority Group Relationsp. 187
Interminority Group Relationsp. 190
Coalition or Competition Politics?p. 190
Los Angelesp. 195
Conclusionp. 215
Will We "All Get Along"?p. 217
The Dilemmas Revisitedp. 220
Targeting Racial and Ethnic Minoritiesp. 225
VRA: Looking to the Futurep. 226
Conclusionp. 228
Discussion Questionsp. 231
Glossaryp. 235
Timelinesp. 243
Notesp. 275
Referencesp. 277
Indexp. 295
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