"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. 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. Obama's election marks a new era, the author writes. Whites will be a minority by 2042. 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 what it means to be a family. And organized religions are suffering, even as Americans continue to think of themselves as a religious people. Obama's inauguration was a defining moment in the political destiny of this country, based largely on demographic shifts, as described in Barack Obama's America."--Publisher's description.
Introduction: The Politics of Discomfort -- One: One Family, Two Centuries -- Two: Twenty-first-Century Faces -- Three: Redefining Relationships -- Four: The Gay-Rights Paradox -- Five: Shrunken Congregations, Soulful Citizens -- Six: The Death of the Reagan Coalition -- Seven: Barack Obama's America
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