White Party, White Government: Race, Class, and U.S. Politics

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-02-23
  • Publisher: Routledge

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White Party, White Government examines the centuries-old impact of systemic racism on the U.S. political system. The text assesses the development by elite and other whites of a racialized capitalistic system, grounded early in slavery and land theft, and its intertwining with a distinctive political system whose fundamentals were laid down in the founding decades. From these years through the Civil War and Reconstruction, to the 1920s, the 1930s Roosevelt era, the 1960s Johnson era, through to the Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Barack Obama presidencies, Feagin exploring the effects of ongoing demographic changes on the present and future of the U.S. political system.

Author Biography

Joe R. Feagin is Ella C. McFadden Professor at Texas A M University. He has done research on racism and sexism issues for forty-six years and has served as the Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has written fifty-eight scholarly books and nearly two hundred scholarly articles in his research areas, and one of his books, Ghetto Revolts, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His recent books include Systemic Racism (Routledge 2006), The White Racial Frame (Routledge 2010), and Racist America (2nd edition, Routledge 2010). He is the 2006 recipient of a Harvard alumni association lifetime achievement award and was the 1999-2000 President of the American Sociological Association.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Framing a Racist America: Puritan Inheritances and Political Framingp. 1
Faking Democracy: Race, Class, and Our Undemocratic Political Systemp. 16
Race, Class, and Early U.S. Politics-to the 1930sp. 35
Race, Class, and U.S. Politics: 1930s-1970sp. 61
Race, Class, and U.S. Politics: 1970s-1990sp. 86
The George W. Bush Era: Racial and Class Dimensionsp. 122
The Barack Obama Presidential Campaignp. 143
Barack Obama∆s Presidency: Racial and Class Dimensionsp. 166
Demographic Change and Political Futuresp. 194
Notesp. 209
Indexp. 233
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