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Stars and Shadows

The Politics of Interracial Friendship from Jefferson to Obama

Saladin Ambar

Stars and Shadows

Stars and Shadows

The Politics of Interracial Friendship from Jefferson to Obama

Stars and Shadows

 

Stars and Shadows is the first work in American political history to offer a comprehensive historical view of how the often-overlooked virtue of friendship has come to shape the possibilities for democratic politics in America.


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Beschrijving Stars and Shadows

A sweeping look into interracial friendship's significance in American democracy from the founding to the present.

The oppression of Blacks is America's original sin-a sin that took root in 1619 and plagues the country to this day. Yet there have been instances of interracial bonding and friendship even in the worst of times. In Stars and Shadows - a term taken from Huckleberry Finn - Saladin Ambar analyzes two centuries of noteworthy interracial friendships that served as windows into the state of race relations in the US and, more often than not, as models for advancing the cause of racial
equality.

Stars and Shadows is the first work in American political history to offer a comprehensive overview of how friendship has come to shape the possibilities for democratic politics in America. Covering ten cases - from Benjamin Banneker and Thomas Jefferson's ill-fated effort to navigate the limits imposed on democracy by slavery and white supremacy, to the more hopeful stories of James Baldwin and Marlon Brando as well as Angela Davis and Gloria Steinem - Ambar's study illuminates how
friendship is critical to understanding the potential for multiracial democracy. Political leaders and cultural figures are frequently involved in translating private feelings, relationships, and ideas, into a public ideal. Friendships and their meaning are therefore a significant part of any effort to shape
public or elite opinion.

The symbolism inherent in interracial friendship has always been readily apparent, down to the powerful example of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who were not only allied politicians, but most importantly, friends. Ambar weaves a set of interlocking stories that help create a working theory of multiracial democracy that demands more of us as citizens: a commitment to engage one another and to engage our past with even greater courage and trust. Such gestures are a vital part of the story of how
race and America have been shaped. Stars and Shadows helps explain America's enduring difficulty in making friends of citizens across the color line - and why the narrative of racial friendship matters.


ISBN
9780197621998
Pagina's
288
Verschijnt
NUR
754
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

Politicologie