The role that race and religion play in American presidential elections is attracting national attention like never before. The 2008 presidential candidates reached out to an unprecedented number of racial and religious voting constituencies, including African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Mainline Protestants, Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews, women, the non-religious, and more. Drawing upon survey data, interviews, and case studies, this book examines the complicated relationships between recent American presidents and key racial and religious groups. The paperback edition features a new capstone chapter on the 2008 elections.
Gaston Espinosa is the Arthur V. Stoughton Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College. He served as project manager of the $1.3 million Pew Charitable Trusts Hispanic Churches in American Public Life project and is the editor of several books on religion and politics.
Chapter 1: Evangelicals and the American Presidency Corwin Smidt Chapter 2: Mainline Protestants and the American Presidency Laura R. Olsen and Adam L. Warber Chapter 3: Catholics and the American Presidency David C. Leege Chapter 4: Seculars and the American Presidency Lyman A. Kellstedt Chapter 5: Women, Religion, and the American Presidency Katherine E. Stenger Chapter 6: Jews and the American Presidency David G. Dalin Chapter 7: Muslims and the American Presidency Brian Robert Calfano, Paul A. Djupe, and John C. Green Chapter 8: Asian Americans, Religion, and the American Presidency So Young Kim Chapter 9: African Americans, Religion, and the American Presidency Melissa V. Harris-Lacewell Chapter 10: Latinos, Religion, and the American Presidency Gaston Espinosa