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The Loneliness of the Black Republican : Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power

By: Wright Rigueur, Leah.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (431 p.).ISBN: 9781400852437.Subject(s): African American political activists -- History -- 20th century | African American politicians -- History -- 20th century | African Americans -- Politics and government -- 20th century | Conservatism -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Politics, Practical -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Power (Social sciences) -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Loneliness of the Black Republican : Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of PowerDDC classification: 323.1196 | 323.11960730904 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; A Brief Note on Sources; Abbreviations; INTRODUCTION: The Paradox of the Black Republican; 1. Running with Hares and Hunting with Hounds; 2. A Thorn in the Flesh of the GOP; 3. The Challenge of Change; 4. Richard Nixon's Black Cabinet; 5. Exorcising the Ghost of Richard Nixon; 6. More Shadow than Substance; 7 . The Time of the Black Elephant; CONCLUSION: No Room at the Inn; Appendix; Notes; Index
Summary: 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 inc
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Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; A Brief Note on Sources; Abbreviations; INTRODUCTION: The Paradox of the Black Republican; 1. Running with Hares and Hunting with Hounds; 2. A Thorn in the Flesh of the GOP; 3. The Challenge of Change; 4. Richard Nixon's Black Cabinet; 5. Exorcising the Ghost of Richard Nixon; 6. More Shadow than Substance; 7 . The Time of the Black Elephant; CONCLUSION: No Room at the Inn; Appendix; Notes; Index

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 inc

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Library Journal Review

In her history of black Republican politicians and activists stretching back four decades, Wright Rigueur makes sense of this seemingly irreconcilable position at the margins of both the Republican party and the black community. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Currently, blacks overwhelmingly identify with the Democratic Party. The conventional story of how this high level of support occurred is that Lyndon Johnson's advocacy of civil rights legislation in the 1960s prompted a major shift in black political allegiances that has endured. This very carefully researched and documented book presents a much more complicated version of the relationship between blacks and the Republican Party. Wright (Harvard Univ.) presents a well-written and detailed review covering the efforts of moderate blacks from the 1930s to 1980 to maintain a connection with the Republican Party. Some black leaders did so because they believed in the conservative principles of personal responsibility and rewards for achievement. Others wanted to maintain some uncertainty about black political leanings because they felt that two-party competition for black support would make the parties more responsive to blacks and their agenda. This book adds much needed depth to the understanding of the diversity of black politics during these years. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. --Jeffrey M. Stonecash, emeritus, Syracuse University

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Leah Wright Rigueur is assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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