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Race and the Making of American Liberalism

Carol A. Horton


This book traces the roots of the contemporary crisis of progressive liberalism deep into the nation's racial past. It argues that the contemporary conservative claim that the American liberal tradition has been rooted in a “color blind” conception of individual rights is inaccurate and misleading. In contrast, American liberalism has alternatively served both to support and oppose racial hierarchy, as well as socioeconomic equity more broadly. Racial politics in the United States have repeatedly made it exceedingly difficult to establish powerful constituencies that understand socioeconomic e ... More

Keywords: liberalism, individual rights, socioeconomic equity, racial politics, United States, class identity, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195143485
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195143485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol A. Horton, author