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Nationalism, Race and Gender
Nationalism, race and gender
Introduction

The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in November 2008 was greeted by the media as a momentous occasion – as ‘a strikingly symbolic moment in the evolution of the nation's fraught racial history’, according to the New York Times (4 November 2008), which reminded its readers that the election marked ‘a new era in a country where just 143 years ago, Mr Obama, as a black man, could have been owned as a slave’. The election represented the collapse of yet another de facto barrier to political progress in a country where, as recently as the 1950s, the conventional wisdom was that the election of a Catholic to the presidency would be near-impossible, ...

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