African Americans and the Presidents
Politics and Policies from Washington to Trump
by F. Erik Brooks and Glenn L. Starks
April 2019, 318pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6211-3
$94, £70, 79€, A135
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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.

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
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.

Awards

LJ Best Reference of 2019—Library Journal, March 1, 2020

Reviews

"By taking the single issue of African American relations and viewing it through the lens of the policies of every single American president, this work presents a new approach to studying race in the United States."—Booklist Online, September 20, 2019

"Certainly not the final word on the historical significance of presidents and their relationships with African Americans, this is an effective overview, with excellent supporting documentation."—Library Journal, July 31, 2019
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