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The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and Rise and Decline of Black Politics

Fredrick Harris

Abstract

The historical significance of Barack Obama's triumph in the presidential election of 2008 scarcely requires comment. Yet it contains an irony: he won a victory as an African American only by denying that he should discuss issues that target the concerns of African Americans. Obama's very success, states this book, exacted a heavy cost on black politics. This book puts Obama's career in the context of decades of black activism, showing how his election undermined the very movement that made it possible. The path to his presidency began just before passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, when bl ... More

Keywords: black politics, Barack Obama, African Americans, black activism, Voting Rights Act, civil rights movements, inequality, presidential election, Jesse Jackson, social problems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199739677
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199739677.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fredrick Harris, author
Columbia University