Race and the Making of American Liberalism

Race and the Making of American Liberalism

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Race and the Making of American Liberalism traces the roots of the contemporary crisis of progressive liberalism deep into the nation's racial past. Horton argues that the contemporary conservative claim that the American liberal tradition has been rooted in a "color blind" conception of individual rights is innaccurate and misleading. In contrast, American liberalism has alternatively served both to support and oppose racial hierarchy, as well as socioeconomic equity more broadly. Racial politics in the United States have repeatedly made it exceedingly difficult to establish powerful constituencies that understand socioeconomic equity as vital to American democracy and aspire to limit gross disparities of wealth, power, and status. Revitalizing such equalitarian conceptions of American liberalism, Horton suggests, will require developing new forms of racial and class identity that support, rather than sabotage such fundamental political commitments.
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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 165 x 240 x 30mm | 548.86g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • two tables
  • 0195143485
  • 9780195143485
  • 2,093,785

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This is a splendid study. It will make fascinating and indispensable reading not only for anyone interested in racial issues in America, but also for those who want to understand the nature of American culture itself. * Cass Sunstein, Karl Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago *
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About Carol A. Horton

Carol A. Horton is an independent scholar and Research Associate at Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; Introduction: Race and American Liberalism ; 1. Anti-Caste Liberalism ; 2. Darwinian Liberalism ; 3. Race and the Emancipation of Labor ; 4. Inequality and White Supremacy ; 5. Postwar Liberalism ; 6. Race, Class, and the Civil Rights Movements ; 7. The Broken Promise of Liberal Revolution ; 8. The Conservative Movement ; Conclusion: The Impasse of Progressive Liberalism ; Endnotes
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