By John White
The election of Barack Obama to the presidency marks a conclusive finish to the Reagan period, writes John Kenneth White in Barack Obama's the United States. Reagan symbolized a Fifties and Sixties the United States, principally white and suburban, with married and children at domestic, who attended church extra frequently than not.
Obama's election marks a brand new period, the writer writes. Whites might be a minority through 2042. Marriage is at an rock bottom. Cohabitation has elevated from a half-million in 1960 to greater than five million in 2000 to much more this yr. homosexual marriages and civil unions are redefining what it capacity to be a family members. and arranged religions are soreness, at the same time american citizens proceed to consider themselves as a non secular humans. Obama's inauguration was once a defining second within the political future of this state, dependent principally on demographic shifts, as defined in Barack Obama's the US.
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Extra resources for Barack Obama’s America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family, and Religion Ended the Reagan Era
92 While the civil rights revolution quali‹ed as an example of a struggle that began outside the traditional constitutional tripartite separation of federal powers, it was not the only one. In his 1961 farewell address, Dwight Eisenhower acknowledged the growth of the “military-industrial complex,” whose growing power threatened to disrupt the artful arrangements so carefully constructed by the founding fathers: “Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing ‹elds.
They do not speak our language, they do not know our laws. . There is no denying the service which Tammany has rendered to the Republic, there is no such organization for taking hold of the untrained, friendless man and converting him into a citizen. ”85 Political scientist Robert D. Putnam describes how many twentiethcentury institutional leaders wanted the immigrant newcomers to immerse themselves in the nation’s civic life. In 1916, L. J. Hanifan, state supervisor of rural schools in West Virginia, coined the phrase social capital, explaining how he wanted his schools to enhance it: The individual is helpless socially, if left to himself.
81 Change and the optimism that often accompanies it are key elements of the American saga. While Tocqueville focused on technological improvements, demographic changes have become a consistent theme in the American story. 82 Many of these new arrivals found work in the industrial mills. Not surprisingly, a check of the 1920 Census found that my paternal grandfather, best described as a swamp Yankee, was working as a spinner in the Rhode Island textile mills. The Industrial Revolution and the immigrant hands whose labor gave that revolution its endurance touched every household.
Barack Obama’s America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family, and Religion Ended the Reagan Era by John White