White Party, White Government examines the centuries-old impact of systemic racism on the U.S. political system. The text assesses the development by elite and other whites of a racialized capitalistic system, grounded early in slavery and land theft, and its intertwining with a distinctive political system whose fundamentals were laid down in the founding decades. From these years through the Civil War and Reconstruction, to the 1920s, the 1930s Roosevelt era, the 1960s Johnson era, through to the Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Barack Obama presidencies, Feagin exploring the effects of ongoing demographic changes on the present and future of the U.S. political system.
1. The Politics of Systematic Racism 2. Framing Racist America: Puritan Inheritances and Political Framing 3. Faking Democracy: Race, Class, and Our Undemocratic Political System 4. Race, Class, and Early Political Parties – to the 1930s 5. Race, Class, and Political Parties: 1930s to 1960s 6. Race, Class, and Political Parties: 1970s to 1990s 7. The George W. Bush Era: Racial and Class Dimensions 8. The Barack Obama Presidential Campaign 9. Barack Obama’s Presidency: Racial and Class Dimensions 10. Demographic Change and Political Futures