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The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780691173641
Author(s): Leah Wright Rigueur
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Dimensions: 156 x 234 x 24 (w x l x h)
Pages: 432
Series: Politics And Society In Modern America

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Covering more than four decades of American social and political history, The Loneliness of the Black Republican examines the ideas and actions of black Republican activists, officials, and politicians, from the era of the New Deal to Ronald Reagan's presidential ascent in 1980. Their unique stories reveal African Americans fighting for an alternative economic and civil rights movement--even as the Republican Party appeared increasingly hostile to that very idea. Black party members attempted to influence the direction of conservatism--not to destroy it, but rather to expand the ideology to include black needs and interests. As racial minorities in their political party and as political minorities within their community, black Republicans occupied an irreconcilable position--they were shunned by African American communities and subordinated by the GOP. In response, black Republicans vocally, and at times viciously, critiqued members of their race and party, in an effort to shape the attitudes and public images of black citizens and the GOP.
And yet, there was also a measure of irony to black Republicans' 'loneliness': at various points, factions of the Republican Party, such as the Nixon administration, instituted some of the policies and programs offered by black party members. What's more, black Republican initiatives, su Please click here to ask a question
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