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Minorities, Multiculturalism and the Presidency of George W.

Gary Gerstle, the first James G. Stahlman Professor of American History at Vanderbilt University (Sep 25, 2008 at Vanderbilt University) Gerstle, who has published six books and more than 25 articles on American social and political history, will discuss President Bushs vision for a multicultural world as articulated in his 2000 presidential campaign and the steep challenges it has faced. Bushs multicultural vision was part of a bold political strategy aimed at bringing the nations Hispanics and African Americans into a big-tent Republican Party and, in the process, cementing a permanent electoral majority, Gerstle said. Today that strategy lies in shambles. Gerstle will discuss the little-known story of Bushs engagement with multiculturalism, which dates back to his Texas upbringing and includes his success as Texas governor with support from Hispanic and African Americans voters. In addition, Gerstle will share insight on what he considers the international circumstances, ideological rigidities and political miscalculations that have caused Bush to fail on the national stage. Gerstles books include American Crucible: Race and Nation in the 20th Century (Princeton University Press), which received the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award for outstanding book on U.S. immigration and ethnic history in 2001. He is working on a history of the American state from the Revolution to the present and a book on immigration, race and the presidency.
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