ABC-CLIO

African Americans and the Presidents

Politics and Policies from Washington to Trump

by F. Erik Brooks and Glenn L. Starks

 

Woodrow Wilson endorsed segregation and hosted a showing of D.W. Griffith's racist propaganda film The Birth of a Nation in the White House.

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April 2019

Greenwood

Pages 318
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/African American Studies
  American History/Race and Ethnicity

The president is arguably the most recognized and powerful individual in the United States. This reference work explores the American presidency in relation to issues of race concerning the African American community.

This work provides a contemporary and refreshing examination of the American presidency through the prism of race and race relations in America, revealing a long and complicated relationship between the U.S. presidency and the African American community.

The book evaluates each of the forty-five American presidents' policies, cabinet appointments, and handling of race matters in the United States. Following an extensive timeline, chronological chapters take an incisive look at each American president's life and career as well as the policies enacted during his presidency that affected the African American community. The presidents' personal writings, memoirs, autobiographies, and biographies frame their views on the issue of race and how they dealt with it before, during, and after their presidency.

Features

  • Includes a timeline that lists the name, party, term of office, and political background of each president
  • Presents chronological sections to provide a broad overview of each period
  • Offers chapters that address each of the forty-five American presidents' policies, cabinet appointments, and handling of race matters in the United States
Author Info

F. Erik Brooks, PhD, is dean of humanities and social sciences and director of the Whitney Young Honors Collegium at Kentucky State University. He holds a doctorate in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Brooks has written extensively on public administration, American politics, and African American history, including How the Obama Presidency Changed the Political Landscape (coeditor, Praeger, 2017).

Glenn L. Starks, PhD, holds a doctorate in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Starks has almost 30 years of experience working for the U.S. government and has written extensively on public administration and American politics, including two recent books on the history of the U.S. government. He also has taught graduate courses in public administration and policy at several universities. Starks currently teaches graduate-level courses at Walden University.

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