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Barack Obama's America [electronic resource] : how new conceptions of race, family, and religion ended the Reagan era /
John Kenneth White.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2009.
x, 305 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0472021796 (ebook), 0472033913 (pbk. : alk. paper), 0472114506 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780472021796 (ebook), 9780472033911 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780472114504 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2009.
0472021796 (ebook)
0472033913 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0472114506 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780472021796 (ebook)
9780472033911 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780472114504 (cloth : alk. paper)
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Introduction: The Politics of Discomfort -- One: One Family, Two Centuries -- Two: Twenty-first-Century Faces -- Three: Redefining Relationships -- Four: The Gay-Rights Paradox -- Five: Shrunken Congregations, Soulful Citizens -- Six: The Death of the Reagan Coalition -- Seven: Barack Obama's America.
"The election of Barack Obama to the presidency marks a conclusive end to the Reagan era, writes John Kenneth White in Barack Obama's America. Reagan symbolized a 1950s and 1960s America, largely white and suburban, with married couples and kids at home, who attended church more often than not. Obama's election marks a new era, the author writes. Whites will be a minority by 2042. Marriage is at an all-time low. Cohabitation has increased from a half-million couples in 1960 to more than 5 million in 2000 to even more this year. Gay marriages and civil unions are redefining what it means to be a family. And organized religions are suffering, even as Americans continue to think of themselves as a religious people. Obama's inauguration was a defining moment in the political destiny of this country, based largely on demographic shifts, as described in Barack Obama's America." -- Publisher's description.
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