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Obama, Clinton, PalinMaking History in Election 2008$
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Liette Gidlow

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036606

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036606.001.0001

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The 2008 Election, Black Women’s Politics, and the Long Civil Rights Movement

The 2008 Election, Black Women’s Politics, and the Long Civil Rights Movement

(p.53) Chapter 4 The 2008 Election, Black Women’s Politics, and the Long Civil Rights Movement
Obama, Clinton, Palin

Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore

University of Illinois Press

This chapter uncovers the significance of African American women's high voter turnout in the 2008 election. It argues that black women's power as voters in 2008 originates in their political activism in the first half of the twentieth century. Here the chapter offers a major new synthesis of African American women's politics by arguing that their efforts evolved from the “politics of association” (1900–1920) to the “politics of citizenship” (1920–30) to the “politics of community” (1930–40) to the “politics of protest” (1940–50). Barack Obama's victory, then, is in part the result of long-term efforts by black women to undo the damage inflicted by disfranchisement more than a century ago.

Keywords:   black women, civil rights, women voters, political activism, African American women, association, citizenship, community, protest, African American voters

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