By John White
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 USA. Reagan symbolized a Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties the USA, 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 may be a minority by means 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 ability to be a relations. and arranged religions are ache, whilst american citizens proceed to think about themselves as a spiritual humans. Obama's inauguration was once a defining second within the political future of this nation, dependent principally on demographic shifts, as defined in Barack Obama's the USA.
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Dad eventually went back to work, but our brush with poverty struck a powerful chord, prompting Mom to learn to drive a car and eventually to return to the workforce. My father’s numerous hospitalizations from 1960 until his death in 1977 became a subtext of life in our household, a plot very familiar to viewers of the popular television programs Ben Casey and Dr. Kildare but hardly the subject of the family sitcoms that are so frequently reaired in the half century since they ‹rst debuted. Even now, despite all of the horrors hidden behind the suburban Levittowns of the 1950s, Americans retain a collective longing for a past that was certain of its moral values.
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Barack Obama’s America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family, and Religion Ended the Reagan Era by John White