From Protest to Politics
New Black Voters in American Elections Enlarged edition
By (author) Katherine Tate
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From Protest to Politics by Katherine Tate
Book DescriptionThe struggle for civil rights among black Americans has moved into the voting booth. How such a shift came about--and what it means--is revealed in this timely reflection on black presidential politics in recent years.Since 1984, largely as a result of Jesse Jackson's presidential bid, blacks have been galvanized politically. Drawing on a substantial national survey of black voters, Katherine Tate shows how this process manifested itself at the polls in 1984 and 1988. In an analysis of the black presidential vote by region, income, age, and gender, she is able to identify unique aspects of the black experience as they shape political behavior, and to answer long-standing questions about that behavior. How, for instance, does the rise of conservatism among blacks influence their voting patterns? Is class more powerful than race in determining voting? And what is the value of the notion of a black political party?In the 1990s, Tate suggests, black organizations will continue to stress civil rights over economic development for one clear, compelling reason: Republican resistance to addressing black needs. In this, and in the friction engendered by affirmative action, she finds an explanation for the slackening of black voting. Tate does not, however, see blacks abandoning the political game. Instead, she predicts their continued search for leaders who prefer the ballot box to other kinds of protest, and for men and women who can deliver political programs of racial equality.Unique in its focus on the black electorate, this study illuminates a little understood and tremendously significant aspect of American politics. It will benefit those who wish to understand better the subtle interplay of race and politics, at the voting booth and beyond.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674325401
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-1994
Country of Publication: United States
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Something's in the Air, Paperback (September 2013)
America's drug laws have always exerted an unequal and unfair toll on blacks and Latinos, who are arrested more often than whites for the possession of illegal drugs and given harsher sentences. In this volume, contributors ask how would marijuana legalization affect communities of colour?
What's Going on?, Paperback (August 2010)
Based on analysis of public opinion data since the 1970s, this title examines how Black opinions on welfare, affirmative action, crime control, school vouchers, civil rights for other minorities, immigration, the environment, and US foreign policy have changed.
Black Faces in the Mirror, Paperback (January 2004)
Examines the significance of race in the US system of representative democracy for African Americans. This work examines whether black members of the US House legislate and represent their constituents differently than white members do. It also looks at the issue of representation from the perspective of ordinary African Americans.
African Americans and the American Political System, Paperback (July 1998)» View all books by Katherine Tate
Intended for the basic survey course in American Government or Politics; Black Politics; African American Politics; Minority or Ethnic Politics; and Black Studies. This book is a systematic appraisal of how African Americans fare within the prevailing theoretical, structural, and functioning patterns of American political and governmental system.
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Author Biography - Katherine Tate
Katherine Tate is Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University.
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