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The speech : race and Barack Obama's "A more perfect union" /
edited by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting.
edition
1st U.S. ed.
imprint
New York : Bloomsbury, 2009.
description
261 p.
ISBN
1596916672 (hardcover), 9781596916678 (hardcover)
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Book
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imprint
New York : Bloomsbury, 2009.
isbn
1596916672 (hardcover)
9781596916678 (hardcover)
general note
Includes text of Barack Obama's "A more perfect union" speech, delivered Mar. 18, 2008.
catalogue key
6922863
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting is the director of Vanaeiblt University's Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and the W. T. Banoy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies. She is the author of four books, including the award-Winning Pimps Up Down and the editor of Coedital of five others, most recently the Ration Anthology of Theory and Criticism.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2009-06-15:
A team of scholars and journalists explore the implications of Barack Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union," given in the heat of the 2008 primary campaign, in this volume edited by Sharpley-Whiting (Pimps Up, Hos Down). Written by Obama in response to the media frenzy over statements by his pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, "A More Perfect Union" addressed the enduring legacy of slavery and racism and instantly entered the canon of great American oratory. The contributors use the speech as a starting point to examine the divide between civil rights-era activism (and activists) and the politics of a younger generation that has grown up in its shadow, as well as the development of black oratory, the meaning of a "postracial" society, the immigrant experience and divisions between the descendants of American slaves and postcolonial immigrants from the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America. Scholarly without being dry, the book offers a way forward from what has become a stalemate between a "color-blind" white America that sees racism as a problem solved in the 1960s and a nation of ethnic minorities that experiences daily its structural inequities. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Review Quotes
"[ The Speech] offers answers that are a lot more complex than the unvarnished praise Obama's oration has gotten so far...A rich landscape of opinion on the state of race and Obama's singular relationship to it. Last year, we simply couldn't see these arguments in the heat of the campaign; now they're coming into focus." -- Los Angeles Times "The time is right for [this] reconsideration... If we are to take the idea of a national racial discussion seriously, then it's especially urgent for a general readership to encounter eye-opening arguments like theologian Obery M. Hendricks Jr.'s articulate defense of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright... The book's tour de force is language scholar Geneva Smitherman's brilliant close reading of Obama's rhetoric, cadence and tone with reference to the "Black jeremiad tradition." She establishes the speech as a unique expression of Obama's biracial, bicultural identity, grounded in Aristotelian rhetoric and touching deep cultural nerves with both white and black audiences." - Salon, Critic's Pick
"[The Speech] offers answers that are a lot more complex than the unvarnished praise Obama's oration has gotten so far...A rich landscape of opinion on the state of race and Obama's singular relationship to it. Last year, we simply couldn't see these arguments in the heat of the campaign; now they're coming into focus." --Los Angeles Times"The time is right for [this] reconsideration... If we are to take the idea of a national racial discussion seriously, then it's especially urgent for a general readership to encounter eye-opening arguments like theologian Obery M. Hendricks Jr.'s articulate defense of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright... The book's tour de force is language scholar Geneva Smitherman's brilliant close reading of Obama's rhetoric, cadence and tone with reference to the "Black jeremiad tradition." She establishes the speech as a unique expression of Obama's biracial, bicultural identity, grounded in Aristotelian rhetoric and touching deep cultural nerves with both white and black audiences." -Salon, Critic's Pick
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Summaries
Main 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.
Main Description
After Senator Barack Obama delivered his celebrated speech, "A More Perfect Union," on March 18, 2008, New York Timescolumnist 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 cultural and are punctuated by Boston 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.
Main Description
Award-winning author Sharpley-Whiting brings together a distinguished lineup of journalist, scholars, and public intellectuals to create a multifaceted exploration of Barack Obama's history-making speech, A More Perfect Union.
Table of Contents
Chloroform Morning Joe!p. 1
Introduction
Race and Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union"
Wright Stuff, Wrong Time, Part Ip. 19
Obama and the Generational Challengep. 25
Living the Dreamp. 40
Black Like Barackp. 55
The Audacity of Post-Racismp. 69
Between Expediency and Conviction: What We Mean When We Say "Post-Racial"p. 85
His Grandmother, My Father, Your Unclep. 102
Nuanced Genius, Part IIp. 113
L'Effet Obama: Diversity and "A More Perfect Republic"p. 119
Why Obama's Race Speech Is a Model for the Political Framing of Race and Povertyp. 132
A Belief in the Unseen: A Nation Still at Riskp. 142
A More Perfect (High-Tech) Lynching: Obama, the Press, and Jeremiah Wrightp. 155
"It's Been a Long Time Comin, but Our Change Done Come"p. 184
Barack in the Dirty, Dirty Southp. 205
Mutt on CP Time, Discipline of Malcolm, Part IIIp. 224
The Speech
A More Perfect Unionp. 237
About the Contributorsp. 253
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