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"At This Defining Moment"Barack Obama's Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race$
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Enid Lynette Logan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814752975

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814752975.001.0001

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The Trope of Race in Obama’s America

The Trope of Race in Obama’s America

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(p.67) 5 The Trope of Race in Obama’s America
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"At This Defining Moment"
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Enid Logan

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814752975.003.0005

This chapter examines the relationship between race and nation in the discourse of Obama's campaign. Despite various experts arguing about race and nation in the discourse of Obama's campaign, the chapter maintains that race was a fundamental, if implicit, element in his core narrative. Obama situated himself as heir to both the civil rights struggle and the American Revolution, and indicated that through his candidacy, the highest ideals of the nation would be fulfilled. The chapter illustrates how in some ways, blacks seem to be the most American of Americans, and in some ways they seem the least. After more than a decade in the 21st century, the black/white relationship remains the central organizing metaphor for race relations in the United States.

Keywords:   race, nation, Obama's presidential campaign, civil rights, American Revolution, blacks, black/white relationship, Barack Obama

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