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Still a House DividedRace and Politics in Obama's America$
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Desmond S. King and Rogers M. Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142630

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142630.001.0001

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“That They May All Be One”

“That They May All Be One”

America as a House Divided

(p.3) Chapter 1 “That They May All Be One”
Still a House Divided

Desmond S. King

Rogers M. Smith

Princeton University Press

This chapter sketches the main points derived from the overall structure of American racial politics and why it matters. It looks into the policy challenges that racial inequalities pose in modern America, and considers a few clues about the political guidance needed to move further toward their resolution. The chapter then elaborates this volume's core concept of rival racial policy alliances. Finally, it explains how the subsequent chapters use the idea of alliances to analyze the evolution of American racial politics historically, and the ways today's racial alliances shape and often distort decision making across a wide range of modern policy arenas.

Keywords:   Barack Obama, American racial politics, policy challenges, racial inequalities, racial policy alliances, rival racial policy, racial alliances, Arthur W. Mitchell

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