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The Loneliness of the Black Republican
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The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power

Leah Wright Rigueur

Abstract

Covering more than four decades of American social and political history, this book examines the ideas and actions of black Republican activists, officials, and politicians, from the era of the New Deal to Ronald Reagan's presidential ascent in 1980. Their unique stories reveal African Americans fighting for an alternative economic and civil rights movement—even as the Republican Party appeared increasingly hostile to that very idea. Black party members attempted to influence the direction of conservatism—not to destroy it, but rather to expand the ideology to include black needs and interests ... More

Keywords: American social history, American political history, black activists, black officials, black politicians, African Americans, civil rights, Republican Party, American conservatism, black Republicans, Grand Old Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691159010
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159010.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leah Wright Rigueur, author
Wesleyan University