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Two new publications by Professor Iwan Morgan

24 August 2012

Professor of United States Studies Iwan Morgan has coedited and contributed a chapter to a new publication that includes contributions by UK and US-based scholars:

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From Sit-Ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s

Iwan Morgan and Philip Davies, eds, From Sit-Ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012).

This grew out of an international conference marking the 50th anniversary of the 1960 student sit-ins to challenge lunch-counter segregation in the South and the formation - also in 1960 - of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which became one of the most dynamic civil rights organizations of the subsequent decade.

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Broken Government? American Politics in the Obama Era

Iwan Morgan and Philip Davies, eds, Broken Government? American Politics in the Obama Era (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2012)

Barack Obama’s election as president in 2008 generated widespread hope that the United States was entering a new era whereby government, in a reversal of Ronald Reagan’s famous dictum, would be the solution to the nation’s manifold problems amid the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The Obama election slogan of “Yes We Can” seemed to voice a hope that new leadership would put right what had gone wrong with America. Within a short time, however, “Yes We Can” gave way to “No We Can’t,” as America’s government became enmeshed in gridlock and political polarisation. This led to a debate as to whether American government was broken and in need of substantial procedural and political reform. This volume, with contributors drawn from both the US and UK, offers an international perspective on one of the most important political questions of our time. They review the causes of America's governmental dysfunction and assess what can be done to put matters right.