Obama, Clinton, Palin

Obama, Clinton, Palin

Making History in Election 2008

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Election 2008 made American history, but it was also the product of American history. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin smashed through some of the most enduring barriers to high political office, but their exceptional candidacies did not come out of nowhere. In these timely and accessible essays, a distinguished group of historians explores how the candidates both challenged and reinforced historic stereotypes of race and sex while echoing familiar themes in American politics and exploiting new digital technologies.

Contributors include Kathryn Kish Sklar on Clinton’s gender masquerade; Tiffany Ruby Patterson on the politics of black anger; Mitch Kachun on Michelle Obama and stereotypes about black women’s bodies; Glenda E. Gilmore on black women’s century of effort to expand political opportunities for African Americans; Tera W. Hunter on the lost legacy of Shirley Chisholm; Susan M. Hartmann on why the U.S. has not yet followed western democracies in electing a female head of state; Melanie Gustafson on Palin and the political traditions of the American West; Ronald Formisano on the populist resurgence in 2008; Paula Baker on how digital technologies threaten the secret ballot; Catherine E. Rymph on Palin’s distinctive brand of political feminism; and Elisabeth I. Perry on the new look of American leadership.

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This collection of ten essays on the 2008 American presidential campaign examines issues of race and gender in the candidacies of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. Divided into sections covering racial and gender representations, historical precedents, and the effects of the election on feminist discourse, chapters discuss topics such as Obama and the politics of anger, black women's politics and the long civil rights movement, Palin in the context of western women's political history, and the difference the "difference" makes. The work includes a timeline of the 2008 election season. Contributors are professors of history from major American universities. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, Ă2011
ISBN: 9780252093654
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (x, 175 pages)
Additional Contributors: Gidlow, Liette Patricia


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