"Can We All Get Along?": Racial and Ethnic Minorities in American Politics

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Rodney King framed an eternal question of American politics when he asked: Can we all get along?” In a nation built by immigrants and bedeviled by the history and legacy of slavery, issues of liberty, equality, and community continue to challenge Americans. In this third edition of the widely acclaimed text, Paula McClain and Joseph Stewart combine traditional elements of political science analysis-history, Constitutional theory, institutions, political behavior, and policy actors-with a thoroughgoing survey of the political status of four major groups: African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and American Indians. They show similarities and differences in these groups' political action and experience, and point the way toward coalition, competition, and consensus building in the face of ongoing conflict. Two dilemmas shape the book: How do we as a nation reconcile a commitment to equality with persistent inequality and discrimination? And what can we do about it-from the perspective of ethnic and racial minorities as well as within the dominant culture? Thoroughly updated following the 2000 national elections and early 2000 Census data, this third edition provides a concise overview of minority politics in America.

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neth J. Meier) by the American Political Science Association's Section on Public Administration for the best paper presented at the 1991 conference and an AP® Special Recognition Award by the College Board Southwestern Regional Office in 2000.Despite all of this professional activity, Stewart is probably best known for his alleged sense of humor, which has been manifest in an article in which the discipline of political science is pre­sented as a rotisserie” game (with Kenneth J. Meier, 1992, "Rotisserie Political Science," PS: Politi­cal Science & Politics , 25, 565-568), a convention paper analyzing” the work of Texas' fastest rising Jewish country music star” and current candidate for governor of Texas, Kinky Friedman, and appearances on round­tables and panels at professional meetings, such as "The Contributions of Elvis Presley to the Study of Political Science," Country Music and Political Science,” and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Political Science.”

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“This latest edition of ‘Can We All Get Along?’, arriving as it does in the recent wake of the paradigm shifting election of President Obama, gives students and instructors alike the updated comparative data and nuanced interpretation they need to understand the magnitude of racial and ethnic politics in the U.S.”
—David E. Wilkins, University of Minnesota
“In the wake of an historic election, students will be searching for ways to understand the significance of race and ethnicity in American politics. This book offers a comprehensive and comparative approach to this important topic. It provides crucial historical context, vital contemporary data, and a survey of the most up-to-date theory in the field. For these reasons, I rely upon ‘Can We All Get Along?’ as the backbone of my Race and American Politics course.”
—Regina Freer, Occidental College

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