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World War II and American Racial Politics
Public Opinion, the Presidency, and Civil Rights Advocacy

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  • Publication planned for: July 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108427630

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  • World War II played an important role in the trajectory of race and American political development, but the War's effects were much more complex than many assume. Steven White offers an extensive analysis of rarely utilized survey data and archival evidence to assess white racial attitudes and the executive branch response to civil rights advocacy. He finds that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the white mass public's racial policy attitudes largely did not liberalize during the war against Nazi Germany. In this context, advocates turned their attention to the possibility of unilateral action by the president, emphasizing a wartime civil rights agenda focused on discrimination in the defense industry and segregation in the military. This book offers a reinterpretation of this critical period in American political development, as well as implications for the theoretical relationship between war and the inclusion of marginalized groups in democratic societies.

    • Offers a reinterpretation of a critical period in American political development
    • Uses a multi-method approach
    • Examines an important case to assess the relationship between war and the inclusion of marginalized groups
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    • Publication planned for: July 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108427630
    • length: 216 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. White racial attitudes, 1937–1950
    3. White veterans and racial attitudes, 1946–1961
    4. The Roosevelt Administration and civil rights during the Second World War
    5. The Truman Administration, military service, and postwar civil rights
    6. War, race, and American political development
    Appendix
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Steven White, Syracuse University, New York
    Steven White is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, New York. His research examines race and American political development, particularly the complicated relationship between war and the inclusion of marginalized groups. His research has been published in Studies in American Political Development, American Politics Research, and Social Science Quarterly. He has also written for The Washington Post's Monkey Cage and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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