Speech Race and Barack Obama's a More Perfect Union

ISBN-10: 1596916672

ISBN-13: 9781596916678

Edition: 2009

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Description: After Senator Barack Obama delivered his celebrated speech, "A More Perfect Union," on March 18, 2008,NewYorkTimescolumnist Maureen Dowd noted that only Barack Obama "could alchemize a nuanced 40-minute speech on race into must-see YouTube viewing for 20-year-olds." Pundits established the speech's historical eminence with comparisons to Abraham Lincoln's "A House Divided" and Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream." The future president had addressed one of the biggest issues facing his campaignand our countrywith an eloquence and honesty rarely before heard on a national stage.The Speechbrings together a distinguished lineup of writers and thinkersamong them Adam Mansbach, Alice Randall, Connie Schultz, and William Julius Wilson in a multifaceted exploration of Obama's address. Their original essays examine every aspect of the speechliterary, political, social, and culturaland are punctuated byBoston Globecolumnist Derrick Z. Jackson's reportage on the issue of race in the now historic 2008 campaign. The Speechmemorializes and gives full due to a speech that propelled Obama toward the White House, and prompted a nation to evaluate our imperfect but hopeful union.

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 8/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

Chloroform Morning Joe!
Introduction
Race and Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union"
Wright Stuff, Wrong Time, Part I
Obama and the Generational Challenge
Living the Dream
Black Like Barack
The Audacity of Post-Racism
Between Expediency and Conviction: What We Mean When We Say "Post-Racial"
His Grandmother, My Father, Your Uncle
Nuanced Genius, Part II
L'Effet Obama: Diversity and "A More Perfect Republic"
Why Obama's Race Speech Is a Model for the Political Framing of Race and Poverty
A Belief in the Unseen: A Nation Still at Risk
A More Perfect (High-Tech) Lynching: Obama, the Press, and Jeremiah Wright
"It's Been a Long Time Comin, but Our Change Done Come"
Barack in the Dirty, Dirty South
Mutt on CP Time, Discipline of Malcolm, Part III
The Speech
A More Perfect Union
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