The Color of Politics: Race and the Mainsprings of American Politics

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Product Details

Price
$21.95
Publisher
New Press
Publish Date
September 01, 1997
Pages
404
Dimensions
6.09 X 1.15 X 9.15 inches | 1.34 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781565843257
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About the Author

Michael Goldfield teaches at the College of Urban Labor and Metropolitan Affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Reviews

An involving account of how a social system of racial subordination was perpetuated during eight watershed periods of our history.
[...] The focused examination of the role of race in shaping a broad range of American movements is enlightening. . . the importance of the subject speaks for itself.
Goldfield (labor studies, Wayne State Univ.) has written a radical analysis of American political development emphasizing the relationship between race and class. He gives particular attention to five historic "critical periods or turning points": the Colonial era, the Revolutionary War and the development of the Constitution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Populist movement, and the Depression and New Deal era. These relatively brief periods are said to have had a major impact on the shape of politics during the longer periods in between them. organized labor to unionize Southern workers successfully during the last of these critical periods and the continuing political consequences of that failure are among the more interesting parts of the book....