Contours of African American Politics: Volume 3, Into the Future: The Demise of African American Politics?, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Contours of African American Politics

Volume 3, Into the Future: The Demise of African American Politics?, 1st Edition

Edited by Georgia A. Persons


226 pages

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Contours of African American Politics chronicles the systematic study of African American politics and its subsequent recognition as an established field of scholarly inquiry. African American politics emanates from the demands of the prolonged struggle for black liberation and empowerment. Hence, the study of African American politics has sought to track, codify, and analyze the struggle that has been mounted, and to understand the historic and changing political status of African Americans within American society.

The notion of a post-racial America is one that was birthed by the election of Barack Obama as the first African American president of the United States. However, another reality is equally compelling: that for some time now, many African American aspirants for elective office have run against race-specific issues, putting individual desires to win office above the conventionally defined collective interests of black folk.

Clearly, the Obama presidential election crystallized a complexity of change that had been underway in America prior to his election. Indeed, did the Obama election signal the end of black politics? Does race remain a useful construct for framing the collective interests of African Americans? Volume III of Contours of African American Politics examines all of these questions in an effort to understand the more poignant question of the future of that which we have known as black politics.

Table of Contents

Politics and Social Change: The Demise of the African-American Ethnic Moment?
Georgia A. Persons

Part VII
A New Structure of Ambition in Black Politics

The Third Wave: Assessing the Post-Civil Rights Cohort of Black Elected Leadership
Andra Gillespie

Making History, Again, So Soon? The Massachusetts Gubernatorial Election
Angela K. Lewis

Running on Race and Against Convention: Michael Steele, Kweisi Mfume, and Maryland's 2006 Senate Contest
Tyson D. King-Meadows

Three Wrongs and Too Far Right: The Wrong Candidate, the Wrong Year, and the Wrong State: J. Kenneth Blackwell's Run for Ohio Governor
Wendy G. Smooth

Southern Racial Etiquette and the 2006 Tennessee Senate Race: The Racialization of Harold Ford's Deracialized Campaign
Richard T. Middleton, IV and Sekou M. Franklin

The Early Electoral Contests of Senator Barack Obama: A Longitudinal Analysis
Hanes Walton, Jr. and Robert C. Starks

Black Power in Black Presidential Bids from Jackson to Obama
Katherine Tate

"But I Voted for Obama": Melodrama and Post-Civil Rights, Post-Feminist Ideology in Grey's Anatomy, Crash, and Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Bid
Nikol Alexander-Floyd

Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois: Intellectual Grandfather of Contemporary African American Studies
Mack H. Jones

The Politics of Ethnic Incorporation and Avoidance: The Elections and Presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama
Robert C. Smith

Change Is on the Way
Georgia A. Persons

Epilogue: Into the Future: African American Politics in the Post-Obama Era
Georgia A. Persons

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General