Race And The Making Of American Liberalism

Hardcover | August 25, 2005

byCarol A. Horton

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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 ofindividual rights is innaccurate and misleading. In contrast, American liberalism has alternatively served both to support and oppose racial hierarchy, as well as socioeconomic inequality more broadly. Racial politics in the United States have repeatedly made it exceedingly difficult to establishpowerful 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 classidentity that support, rather than sabotage this fundamental political commitment.

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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 ofindividual rights is innaccurate and misleading. ...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 6.18 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:August 25, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Race and American Liberalism1. Anti-Caste Liberalism2. Darwinian Liberalism3. Race and the Emancipation of Labor4. Inequality and White Supremacy5. Postwar Liberalism6. Race, Class, and the Civil Rights Movements7. The Broken Promise of Liberal Revolution8. The Conservative MovementConclusion: The Impasse of Progressive LiberalismEndnotes

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"Race and the Making of American Liberalism is an ambitious and deeply serious book. In traversing the last 150 years it scrupulously recognizes that American liberalism while being the defining creed of this country has never been a unitary constellation of ideas. It has often simultaneouslydefended racial hierarchy and nondiscriminatory social equity. Few books combine such theoretical nuance with such historical range."--Uday Mehta, Professor of Political Science, Amherst College