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A Post-Racial Change Is Gonna Come, Newark, Cory Booker, and the Transformation of Urban America, by J. Wharton

This work offers a political and historical analysis of Newark's modern politics since 1950, culminating with Mayor Cory Booker's rise to power and prominence both in the city and in American political consciousness. Newark's recent political history offers an interesting case study in mayoral elections, community development, and coalition building politics. While Newark is the quintessential post-industrial city, Booker has received critical attention for his post-racial politics since he frequently bypasses racial and traditional urban politics. At the same time, relations between the mayor, the municipal council, and Newark's diverse communities were often so fractious that sustainable coalition building proved to be an elusive goal to resolve longstanding crime, education, and other social problems. Based on original interviews with Cory Booker, city council members, and other prominent Newark politicians, A Post Racial Change is Gonna Come is a powerful history of how Newark became the focal point for transformative politics in urban America
Table Of Contents
Cover; A Post-Racial Change Is Gonna Come; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1: Newark's Sordid Past and Early Community Development Politics; Newark's 1967 Disorders; Newark's Post-Riot Era: Baraka, Gibson, and James; 2: The 2002 and 2006 Mayoral Elections; Booker's and James' Challenges and Charges; 2006 Redux? Booker, James, ... and Rice; James Leaves the Race and Rice Continues Politics; Days Before the Election; Election Analysis; 3: The Mayors' Identity Politics and Their Political Shortcomings; James' Corruption; Booker's Post-Racial Politics
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed. 2013.
Description based upon print version of record
Physical Description
1 online resource (283 p.)
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