New PDF release: American Identity in the Age of Obama (Routledge Series on

By Amílcar Antonio Barreto,Richard L. O'Bryant

The election of Barack Obama because the forty fourth president of the USA has opened a brand new bankruptcy within the country’s lengthy and infrequently tortured heritage of inter-racial and inter-ethnic kin. Many relished within the inauguration of the country’s first African American president — an occasion foreseen by way of one other White apartment aspirant, Senator Robert Kennedy, 4 many years prior. What can have merely been labeled as a dream within the wake of Brown vs. Board of schooling was once now a truth. a few dared to think about a post-racial the US. nonetheless, quickly after Obama’s election a small yet continual faction puzzled his eligibility to carry workplace; they insisted that Obama used to be foreign-born. Following the Civil Rights battles of the twentieth century hate speech, no less than in public, isn't any longer as unfastened flowing because it have been. probably xenophobia, in a land of immigrants, is the recent rhetorical gadget to assail what that's non-white and therefore un-American. moreover, contemporary debates approximately immigration and racial profiling in Arizona in addition to the conflict over rewriting of background and civics textbooks in Texas recommend post-racial the US is some distance off.

What roles do race, ethnicity, ancestry, immigration prestige, locus of beginning play within the private and non-private conversations that defy and strengthen current conceptions of what it capacity to be American?

This booklet exposes the altering and chronic notions of yankee id within the age of Obama. Amílcar Antonio Barreto, Richard L. O’Bryant, and an excellent line up of individuals study Obama’s election and reelection as watershed phenomena that may be exploited by way of the president’s supporters and detractors to have interaction in numerous types of narrating the yankee nationwide saga. regardless of the opportunity of significant adjustments in rhetorical mythmaking, they query even if American society has replaced substantively.

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