• Examines the impact of dual-identity conflict on current voting trends among African American women
• Gathers data to demonstrate the power and influence of African American women as the majority of the African American electorate
• Analyzes the crucial role played by African American women in Democratic primaries in the 2008 presidential election
• Surveys contemporary issues critical to today's African American woman and looks at how these issues impact their voting tendencies
• Quotes from African American women about their dual-identity conflicts
• A bibliography
A question previously posed in the abstract became real during the 2008 presidential election. Asked to make a choice, would an African American woman support a male African American candidate or a non-African American female candidate? If identity politics played a role in her decision, which identity would hold sway—female or African American?