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John Kenneth White, author of ‘Barack Obama’s America,’ writes a BestThinking article on changes in America

by Trade Marketing February 21, 2011

John White, author of Barack Obama’s America, recently expressed that the composition of the American vote is evolving.  In a recent political article for BestThinking, White observes that the American population is not what it used to be.  It is this change in the distribution of the population that is redesigning the majority vote. White observes that since the 1970s America has seen four social revolutions, the racial revolution, the family revolution, the gay rights revolution and the religious revolution.  Families are no longer only nuclear; religious identities are more encompassing; tolerance towards homosexuals is increasing; and eventually, “white” will no […]

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Q&A with John Kenneth White, author of Barack Obama’s America

by University of Michigan Press September 4, 2009

The election of Barack Obama to the presidency marks a conclusive end to the Reagan era, writes John Kenneth White in Barack Obama’s America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family, and Religion Ended the Reagan Era. Reagan symbolized a 1950s and 1960s America, largely white and suburban, with married couples and kids at home, who attended church more often than not.  The demographics, however, have shifted: Marriage is at an all-time low. Cohabitation has increased from a half-million couples in 1960 to more than 5 million in 2000 to even more this year. Gay marriages and civil unions are redefining […]

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