Leah Wright Rigueur and the Black Republican

How does Ben Carson fit into the tradition of the Republican Party? Why did Richard Nixon consider choosing a black running mate in 1968? How did Ronald Reagan appeal to black voters? Why is the Black Republican today seen as a contradiction in terms?

For the thirteenth episode of Campaign Context, Professor Leah Wright Rigueur (Harvard University) discusses the history of the Black Republican, race, and partisan politics. Wright Rigueur is a leading scholar on race and Republican politics, and the author of The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power.

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About Oscar Winberg

Grad student at History Department of Åbo Akademi University working on political history of television entertainment in 1970s United States.
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