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Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns
by Charlton McIlwain and Stephen M Caliendo
Temple University Press, 2011
Paper: 978-1-4399-0276-9 | eISBN: 978-1-4399-0277-6 | Cloth: 978-1-4399-0275-2
Library of Congress Classification JK2281.M372 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 324.708900973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

In our evolving American political culture, whites and blacks continue to respond very differently to race-based messages and the candidates who use them. Race Appeal examines the use and influence such appeals have on voters in elections for federal office in which one candidate is a member of a minority group.

Charlton McIlwain and Stephen Caliendo use various analysis methods to examine candidates who play the race card in political advertisements. They offer a compelling analysis of the construction of verbal and visual racial appeals and how the news media covers campaigns involving candidates of color.

Combining rigorous analyses with in-depth case studies-including an examination of race-based appeals in the historic 2008 presidential election—Race Appeal is a groundbreaking work that represents the most extensive and thorough treatment of race-based appeals in American political campaigns to date.

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