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"Gathering first-rate scholars, Gidlow's effort offers a raw perspective of a moment in time when the progressive efforts of generations erupted finally—and all at once—on the national stage."--The Journal of American History

"Time will tell whether the presidential campaign of 2008 constituted what political scientists call a critical election in US history, but there is no question that it changed the game for women and African Americans in politics. . . . Recommended."--Choice

 



"These essays make a compelling case that the groundbreaking 2008 election was simply one chapter in a long and complicated history of race and gender politics in the United States."--The Journal of Southern History



"These stimulating essays draw meaning from the 2008 campaigns of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin at a critical juncture in U.S. history--a topic worthy of serious reflection and tackled here from a variety of interesting angles."

--Louise Newman, author of White Women's Rights: Racial Origins of Feminism in the United States

 





"This readable collection brings together a distinguished group of scholars to offer reflections that place the galvanizing candidacies of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin in historical perspective."
--Eileen Boris, coeditor of Intimate Labors: Cultures, Technologies, and the Politics of Care

About the Author

Liette Gidlow is an associate professor of history at Wayne State University and the author of The Big Vote: Gender, Consumer Culture, and the Politics of Exclusion, 1890s-1920s.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (December 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252078306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252078309
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,954,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kidada E. Williams on September 16, 2012
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Gidlow has assembled a diverse group of political thinkers to contextualize the intricate complexities of the 2008 election. The result is a great critical reader for both academic and popular audiences. Although all of the essays are great, the writings of Gilmore, Hunter, and Patterson really stuck with me. Gilmore's essay illuminates the long history of black women's political activism to show that their support for Obama was less about him as an individual than it was their longstanding political prowess and mindfulness of the importance of exercising their right to vote for themselves and their people. Hunter throws needed historical and political light on Shirley Chisholm's historic run for the White House to put the 2008 campaign into a better racial and gendered historical context that was ignored in many representations of the Obama-Clinton primary. Patterson potently unpacks the issues surrounding the shock and outrage many white Americans expressed after hearing the sermons of Jeremiah Wright. In all, this is a great collection.
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