Black Appointees, Political Legitimacy, and the American Presidency

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How have black appointees proved instrumental to the preservation of the U.S. presidency and to the durability of America’s political center more generally? This lecture explores the relationship between black people, political legitimacy, and American presidents. N. D. B. Connolly considers whether U.S. presidents and their appointees have operated within a relatively consistent political script, one that has endured a great many historical changes and political circumstances. He suggests that, quite apart from whether the actual president is black, blackness, through presidential appointments, has mattered a great deal to the American presidency and to the perceived authority of those who hold the office.


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