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The Resource Reading Obama : dreams, hope, and the American political tradition, James T. Kloppenberg

Reading Obama : dreams, hope, and the American political tradition, James T. Kloppenberg

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Reading Obama : dreams, hope, and the American political tradition
Title
Reading Obama
Title remainder
dreams, hope, and the American political tradition
Statement of responsibility
James T. Kloppenberg
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Language
eng
Summary
Barack Obama puzzles observers. Derided by the Right as dangerous and by the Left as spineless, Obama does not fit contemporary partisan categories. Instead, his writings and speeches reflect a principled aversion to absolutes that derives from sustained engagement with American democratic thought. "Reading Obama" traces the origins of his ideas and establishes him as the most penetrating political thinker elected to the presidency in the past century. James T. Kloppenberg demonstrates the influences that have shaped Obama's distinctive worldview, including Nietzsche and Niebuhr, Ellison and Rawls, and recent theorists engaged in debates about feminism, critical race theory, and cultural norms. Examining Obama's views on the Constitution, slavery and the Civil War, and the New Deal and civil rights, Kloppenberg shows Obama's sophisticated understanding of American history. Obama's interest in compromise, reasoned public debate, and the patient nurturing of civility is a sign of strength, not weakness, Kloppenberg argues. He locates its roots in Madison, Lincoln, and especially in the philosophical pragmatism of William James and John Dewey, which nourished generations of American progressives, black and white, female and male, through much of the twentieth century, albeit with mixed results. -- Book jacket
Summary
Looks at the origins of President Obama's ideas, influences, understanding of American history, and interest in compromise, and explains why his aversion to absolutes does not fit in contemporary partisan politics
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380895
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Kloppenberg, James T
Dewey number
973.932092
Index
index present
LC call number
E908.3
LC item number
.K58 2011
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Obama, Barack
  • Obama, Barack
  • Obama, Barack
  • United States
  • Political culture
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adult
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dreams, hope, and the American political tradition
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Reading Obama : dreams, hope, and the American political tradition, James T. Kloppenberg
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-285) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The education of Barack Obama -- From universalism to particularism -- Obama's American history -- Conclusion: dreams, hope, and the American political tradition
Control code
19363661
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xviii, 302 pages
Isbn
9780691147468
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010020721
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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  • (OCoLC)ocn587249089
  • (OCoLC)587249089
Label
Reading Obama : dreams, hope, and the American political tradition, James T. Kloppenberg
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-285) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- The education of Barack Obama -- From universalism to particularism -- Obama's American history -- Conclusion: dreams, hope, and the American political tradition
Control code
19363661
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xviii, 302 pages
Isbn
9780691147468
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2010020721
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn587249089
  • (OCoLC)587249089

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