B.S., 2004 East Tennessee State University M.A., 2006, East Tennessee State University Ph.D., 2011, The University of Memphis
About Dr. Carter:
Dr. Daryl A. Carter is associate professor of history in the Department of History.
I joined the faculty at ETSU in August 2008. In 2004, I received the B.S. in Political
Science degree from ETSU. In 2006, I received the M.A. in History degree from ETSU.
In 2011, I was awarded the Ph.D. in History degree from The University of Memphis.
My area of expertise is 20th century and 21st century American political history.
Moreover, I look at the intersections of race, class, and gender, and how they impact
American political history.
My scholarship is diverse and wide-ranging. I am the author of the well-regarded Brother Bill: President Clinton and The Politics of Race & Class (The University of Arkansas, 2016). My work has been presented at both regional and
national conferences, in encyclopedias and book chapters.
American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Statewide Professional Service
Great War Commission/Commissioner/State of Tennessee
Humanities Tennessee/Board of Directors
Allocations Committee/United Way of Washington County, Tennessee
Areas of Academic Specialty
U.S. since 1877
20th Century U.S. Political History
20th Century African American history
Brother Bill: President Clinton and the Politics of Race and Class
As President Barack Obama was sworn into office on January 20, 2009, the United States
was abuzz with talk of the first African American president. At this historic moment,
one man standing on the inaugural platform, seemingly a relic of the past, had actually
been called the "first black president" for years.
President William Jefferson Clinton had enjoyed the support of African Americans
during his political career, but the man from Hope also had a complex and tenuous
relationship with this faction of his political base. Clinton stood at the nexus of
intense political battles between conservatives' demands for a return to the past
and African Americans' demands for change and equality. He also struggled with class
dynamics dividing the American electorate, especially African Americans. Those with
financial means seized newfound opportunities to go to college, enter the professions,
pursue entrepreneurial ambitions, and engage in mainstream politics, while those without
financial means were essentially left behind. The former became key to Clinton's political
success as he skillfully negotiated the African American class structure while at
the same time maintaining the support of white Americans. The results were tremendously
positive for some African Americans. For others, the Clinton presidency was devastating.
Brother Bill examines President Clinton's political relationship with African Americans
and illuminates the nuances of race and class at the end of the twentieth century,
an era of technological, political, and social upheaval.
"This book is a fascinating analysis of race and class in the age of President Bill
Clinton. It provides much-needed clarity in regards to the myth of the 'First Black
President.' It contributes much to our understanding of the history that informs our
present moment!" —Cornel West