Adds depth to our historical understanding of how various presidents and their administrations approached issues pertaining to the equal rights of black (and to a lesser extent, Hispanic) Americans in a number of institutional and legislative arenas. --
--The Journal of American History
This thorough collection on the impact of the conservative movement on the presidency is welcome and helpful.--
--Journal of Southern History
A striking example of a successful meshing of historical and political science methodologies and scholarship.--
--North Carolina Historical Review
Stands among the first critical assessments of African American civil rights policy after the triumph of the Black Freedom Struggle of the fifties and sixties, and then the subsequent conservative ascendancy that emerged with the declension of the era known as Postwar America. . . . An invaluable addition to the rapidly developing historiography of neoconservatism, particularly the ideology's relationship with African Americans.—
Offers valuable and much-needed insights into both the trajectory of civil rights politics after the racial revolution of the 1960s and the intersection of that politics with the wider conservative movement, against a changing political, economic and intellectual backdrop.
--Journal of American Studies
Help[s] us to understand why we have embraced such disparate views by exploring the paradoxical nature of racial politics in the post-civil rights period.
--American Historical Review