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The Loneliness of the Black Republican

Leah Wright Rigueur

Published by Princeton University Press

Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9780691159010
Published online October 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781400852437
The Loneliness of the Black Republican

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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. As racial minorities in their political party and as political minorities within their community, black Republicans occupied an irreconcilable position—they were shunned by African American communities and subordinated by the Grand Old Party (GOP). In response, black Republicans vocally, and at times viciously, critiqued members of their race and party, in an effort to shape the attitudes and public images of black citizens and the GOP. Moving beyond traditional liberalism and conservatism, black Republicans sought to address African American racial experiences in a distinctly Republican way. This book provides a new understanding of the interaction between African Americans and the Republican Party, and the seemingly incongruous intersection of civil rights and American conservatism.

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

Book.  432 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political History

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The Paradox of the Black Republican in The Loneliness of the Black Republican

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Running with Hares and Hunting with Hounds in The Loneliness of the Black Republican

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A Thorn in the Flesh of the GOP in The Loneliness of the Black Republican

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The Challenge of Change in The Loneliness of the Black Republican

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Richard Nixon’s Black Cabinet in The Loneliness of the Black Republican

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Exorcising the Ghost of Richard Nixon in The Loneliness of the Black Republican

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More Shadow than Substance in The Loneliness of the Black Republican

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The Time of the Black Elephant in The Loneliness of the Black Republican

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No Room at the Inn in The Loneliness of the Black Republican

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