Race has been present at every critical moment in American political development, shaping political institutions, political discourse, public policy, and its denizens’ political identities. But because of the nature of race—its evolving and dynamic status as a structure of inequality, a political organizing principle, an ideology, and a system of power—we must study the politics of race historically, institutionally, and discursively.
Covering more than three hundred years of American political history from the founding to the contemporary moment, the contributors in this volume make this extended argument. Together, they provide an understanding of American politics that challenges our conventional disciplinary tools of studying politics and our conservative political moment’s dominant narrative of racial progress. This volume, the first to collect essays on the role of race in American political history and development, resituates race in American politics as an issue for sustained and broadened critical attention.
"Charged with original insights and oriented by a thoughtful introduction, this volume’s essays combine historical imagination with analytical reason to probe American political development from the vantage of race. Learned and challenging, the book provokes thought, sharpens questions, and deepens knowledge."
--Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University
"Race and American Political Development performs an important intellectual and civic service. This collection of rich, discrete studies does not merely "read race into" American political development. It should alter how we think in general of that scholarly field and its purview."
--Adolph Reed Jr, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
"This important volume places race at the center of political development in America. Leading lights and fresh voices in the field sweep across the history exploring new ways to think about the impact of racial division on the shape of the political order and the dynamics of its change. There is no better introduction to this subject, one of the massive facts of the American experience."
--Stephen Skowronek, Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science, Yale University
"This excellent collection of diverse essays communicates an important truth about American political development--race has been, and continues to be, 'present at every critical moment.'"
--S.E. Horn, Everett Community College
1. Race and American Political Development, Joseph Lowndes, Julie Novkov, and Dorian Warren 2. Race and the Dual State in Antebellum America Richard Young & Jeffrey Meiser 3. Charleston, the Vesey Conspiracy, and the Development of the Police Power, Kathleen Sullivan 4. Racial Orders in American Political Development Desmond King & Rogers Smith 5. Hierarchy and Hybridity: The Internal Poscolonialism of Mid-Nineteenth Century American, Kevin Bruyneel 6. Reconstruction, Race, and Revolution, Pamela Brandwein 7. Jim Crow Reform and the Democratization of the South, Kimberley Johnson 8. Race’s Reality: The NAACP Confronts Racism and Inequality in the Labor Movement, 1940-1965, Paul Frymer 9. Legacies of Slavery? Race and Historical Causation in American Political Development, Robert Lieberman 10. The Origins of the Carceral Crisis: Racial Order as "Law and Order," Naomi Murakawa 11. The Modern Presidency, Social Movements, and the Administrative State: Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Movement Sidney Milkis 12. The Triumph of Racial Liberalism, the Demise of Racial Justice, Daniel Martinez-HoSang 13. Fractured Believers: Race and Religion as Intersectional Aspects of United States Political Development, Nancy Wadsworth