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The Obama PhenomenonToward a Multiracial Democracy$
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Charles P. Henry, Robert L. Allen, and Robert Chrisman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036453

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036453.001.0001

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What Trumped?

What Trumped?

Race, Class, Gender, Generation, the Economy, and the 2008 Elections

(p.82) Four What Trumped?
The Obama Phenomenon

Julianne Malveaux

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines whether there was one factor that put Obama in office. There were pivotal points along the way to the Obama victory when critical factors—race, class, gender, and generation—impacted the outcome of the election. But in reviewing the factors that were cited and also relevant, it is argued that there was “no trump” in the outcome of the election. In other words, the election of Barack Obama represented a conflation of forces, where the conventional wisdom around matters of race, class, gender, culture, generation, and the economy could only partially explain the Obama victory. Thus no factor dominated, and every factor mattered, as this historic victory unfolded.

Keywords:   Barack Obama, presidential election, electoral victory, race, social class, gender

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