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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 Forgotten Legacy of Shirley Chisholm

The Forgotten Legacy of Shirley Chisholm

Race versus Gender in the 2008 Democratic Primaries

(p.66) Chapter 5 The Forgotten Legacy of Shirley Chisholm
Obama, Clinton, Palin

Tera W. Hunter

University of Illinois Press

This chapter sets up the basic dilemma of the Democratic primary contest: how would the competition between an African American man and a white woman affect the liberal coalition of African Americans, white liberals, feminists, and organized labor in place since the 1970s? It decries the deterioration of the Democratic race into a debate over which group, African Americans or women, was more aggrieved and reminds us of the historical consequences of division. Recounting key events from the Civil War era, the chapter argues that the Democratic Party would do better to recall instead the legacy of Shirley Chisholm, who in 1972 ran a principled campaign for president on a platform of antiracist, antisexist, pro-labor, and pro-peace policies.

Keywords:   Shirley Chisholm, 2008 Democratic primaries, antiracism, antisexism, division, Democratic Party

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