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Rumor, Repression and Racial Politics: How the Harrassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America (Paperback)
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Rumor, Repression and Racial Politics: How the Harrassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America (Paperback)

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Paperback 312 Pages / Published: 30/01/2012
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820341217
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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"A real gem. "Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics" provides fresh insight into African American political thought and behavior, illuminates the role of rumor and conspiracy theory in post-1960s racial politics, and makes clear African Americans changing relationship with the state. Written in accessible prose, it is perfect for use in the classroom, and should also find an audience among general readers with an interest in black politics." Hasan Kwame Jeffries, author of" Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt""


"Derek Musgrove has written a provocative study challenging the notion that passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act ushered in a post-racial, political era that ultimately led to the election of President Barack Obama. His book effectively examines how African American elected officials developed a 'harassment ideology' to explain the partisan, governmental prosecutions that disproportionately targeted them with criminal behavior in the 1970s and 1980s. "Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics" is a fine example of a new breed of historical writing that connects politics and culture to explain the persistence of racism." Steven F. Lawson, author of "Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941""


"If you want to understand how the rise of black political power post-1965 changed American politics, generating a new kind of partisan contestation, Derek Musgrove's narrative of the efforts to suppress that new power base is the place to start. Eye-opening, even chilling on occasion, it demonstrates how fragile is our new democracy in 'the world the sixties made.'" Van Gosse, Franklin and Marshall College
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A real gem. "Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics" provides fresh insight into African American political thought and behavior, illuminates the role of rumor and conspiracy theory in post-1960s racial politics, and makes clear African Americans' changing relationship with the state. Written in accessible prose, it is perfect for use in the classroom, and should also find an audience among general readers with an interest in black politics.--Hasan Kwame Jeffries "author of" Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama's Black Belt" "


Derek Musgrove has written a provocative study challenging the notion that passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act ushered in a post-racial, political era that ultimately led to the election of President Barack Obama. His book effectively examines how African American elected officials developed a 'harassment ideology' to explain the partisan, governmental prosecutions that disproportionately targeted them with criminal behavior in the 1970s and 1980s. "Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics" is a fine example of a new breed of historical writing that connects politics and culture to explain the persistence of racism.--Steven F. Lawson "author of "Running for Freedom: Civil Rights and Black Politics in America Since 1941" "


If you want to understand how the rise of black political power post-1965 changed American politics, generating a new kind of partisan contestation, Derek Musgrove's narrative of the efforts to suppress that new power base is the place to start. Eye-opening, even chilling on occasion, it demonstrates how fragile is our new democracy in 'the world the sixties made.'--Van Gosse "Franklin and Marshall College "


[A]n enlightening, scholarly, yet accessible book.--Steve Weinberg ""Charlotte Observer" "


Musgrove's book is not only a trailblazing piece of scholarship and an idea companion to other post-civil rights era historical works . . . that historians of the New South should enjoy, it is surprisingly accessible to lay readers alike.--Michael Murphy ""Alabama Review" "

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