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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 Modern America Ser: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource (406 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 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 centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Loneliness of the Black Republican : Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of PowerDDC classification: 324.273408996073 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 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 seeminglySummary: incongruous intersection of civil rights and American conservatism.
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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 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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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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