Obama's America A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity

ISBN-10: 1612344720

ISBN-13: 9781612344720

Edition: 2012

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Our national identity is defined by what it means to be an American and whom we include and why when we talk about the American people. A country’s national identity is fluid, and Ian Reifowitz argues that President Barack Obama, by emphasizing the ideals Americans hold dear, hopes to redefine ours in a fundamental way. Obama’s conception of America emphasizes two principles of national unity: First, all Americans, regardless of their heritage and cultural traditions, should identify with America as their country, based upon shared democratic values, a shared history, and a shared fate. Second, America should embrace all its citizens as active participants in one family. Reifowitz explores Obama’s belief that strengthening our common bonds will encourage Americans to rectify the injustices and heal the racial divisions that still plague our country.We have the opportunity to demonstrate to the world that a society of many races and cultures can truly become one people. In facing terrorism, violent fundamentalism, and other security issues, Obama’s response centers on a powerful, inspiring, and truly inclusive American narrative. By bolstering America’s identity as diverse yet unified, he aims both to counter the anxieties and fears that radicalism stokes and give proponents of religious and political freedom a model they can defend. The stakes couldn’t be any higher in determining America’s future.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 270
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Ian Reifowitz is an assistant professor of history at the State University of New York, Empire State College.

Ellis Cose is a columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek. He began his journalism career at nineteen as a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. He lives in New York City.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
American National Identity: From the Revolution through the 1960s
Since the 1960s: Radical Multiculturalism, Its Critics, and How Obama Fits In
Obama's Search for His Own Identity
Obama on Racial Discrimination: Causes, Effects, and Policies to Combat It
Candidate and President Obama's Broader Rhetoric on Race
Obama's Vision of National Identity and National Unity
Obama's Narrative of American History and Our Place in the World
Rejecting Obama's America: Right-Wing Exclusionists and Left-Wing Race Critics
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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