Election 2008 made American history. Barack Obama, Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton smashed through some of the most enduring barriers to high political office, but their candidacies did not come out of nowhere. In these essays, a group of historians explore how the candidates challenged and reinforced historic stereotypes of race and sex.
pt. I. Representations : is Hillary man enough? Is Barack black enough? Is Michelle the new Jacqueline Kennedy? -- pt. II. Historical precedents, or How election 2008 began before the Civil War -- pt. III. Legacies : democracy undermined? Feminism redefined?
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