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The loneliness of the Black Republican : pragmatic politics and the pursuit of power

Author: Leah Wright Rigueur
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Politics and society in twentieth-century America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leah Wright Rigueur
ISBN: 9780691159010 0691159017
OCLC Number: 885312862
Description: xx, 397 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Paradox of the Black Republican --
Running with Hares and Hunting with Hounds --
A Thorn in the Flesh of the GOP --
The Challenge of Change --
Richard Nixon's Black Cabinet --
Exorcising the Ghost of Richard Nixon --
More Shadow Than Substance --
The Time of the Black Elephant --
Conclusion: No Room at the Inn.
Series Title: Politics and society in twentieth-century America.
Responsibility: Leah Wright Rigueur.

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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, such as the fair housing legislation of senator Edward Brooke, sometimes garnered support from outside the Republican Party, especially among the black press, Democratic officials, and constituents of all races. Moving beyond traditional liberalism and conservatism, Black Republicans sought to address African American racial experiences in a distinctly Republican way. The Loneliness of the Black Republican provides a new understanding of the interaction between African Americans and the Republican Party, and the seemingly incongruous intersection of civil rights and American conservatism"--

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Winner of the 2017 Crader Family Book Prize in American Values, Crader Family Endowment at Southeast Missouri State University "[B]lack Republicans are perceived to be the token black person in a Read more...

 
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