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Obama, Clinton, Palin: Making History in Election 2008

Liette Gidlow


Election 2008 made American history, but it was also the product of American history. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin smashed through some of the most enduring barriers to high political office, but their exceptional candidacies did not come out of nowhere. This book explores how the candidates both challenged and reinforced historic stereotypes of race and sex while echoing familiar themes in American politics and exploiting new digital technologies. Chapters cover Clinton's gender masquerade; the politics of black anger; Michelle Obama and stereotypes about black women's bodie ... More

Keywords: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, U.S. election 2008, presidential election, political office, American politics, American leadership, Michelle Obama, black women

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036606
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036606.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Liette Gidlow, editor

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