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Deliberative Democracy Past and Future

Deliberative Democracy Past and Future

(p.210) Conclusion Deliberative Democracy Past and Future
Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic
Sandra M. Gustafson
University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents concluding remarks on the past and future of deliberative democracy. It discusses Daniel Webster's long political career and the controversy over his support of the 1850 Compromise Measures. This action is said in this chapter to have produced one of the most enduring debates over the value of politics in the history of the United States as Webster embodied for many of his contemporaries the figure of the heroic statesman, the eloquent, principled man of action. The chapter explores black liberation theology that was unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight during the 2008 presidential campaign in the United States when Barack Obama was called upon to explain his membership of the Trinity United Church of Christ. Trinity pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright's combative presence in public forums at this time was distinguished in both tone and substance from Obama's moderate tone, deliberate approach, and uplifting, unifying rhetoric.

Keywords:   deliberative democracy, Daniel Webster, compromise measures, United States, Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, rhetoric, liberation

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