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By John White

ISBN-10: 0472114506

ISBN-13: 9780472114504

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 US. Reagan symbolized a Nineteen Fifties and Sixties the US, mostly white and suburban, with married and children at domestic, who attended church extra usually than not.

Obama's election marks a brand new period, the writer writes. Whites could be a minority by way of 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 12 months. homosexual marriages and civil unions are redefining what it potential to be a family members. and arranged religions are agony, whilst americans proceed to consider themselves as a non secular humans. Obama's inauguration used to be a defining second within the political future of this nation, dependent mostly on demographic shifts, as defined in Barack Obama's the USA.

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91 After considerable wrangling, the bill passed by an overwhelming vote of 72 to 18. The 1950s also saw the growth of movements outside the existing constitutional structures that were altering both the scope and direction of political con›ict. In 1960, political scientist E. E. ”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.

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. Oldtimers took notice.

According to author Peter Steinfels, the Catholic 32 • Barack Obama’s America Church also responded in a myriad of other ways to the needs of its newly arrived parishioners: “Catholic fraternal societies provided insurance while preserving ethnic cultures. Catholic reading circles and Catholic summer school programs of lectures, concerts, and dramas mirrored the nineteenth century Chautauqua Movement for cultural improvement. Catholic newspapers by the hundreds were printed in a babel of languages, often for small ethnic readerships but sometimes with national impact.

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