The African American Electorate: A Statistical History (Hardback)
  • The African American Electorate: A Statistical History (Hardback)

The African American Electorate: A Statistical History (Hardback)

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Hardback 1024 Pages / Published: 30/08/2012
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This pioneering work brings together for the first time in a single reference work all of the extant, fugitive, and recently discovered registration data on African American voters from Colonial America to the present. It features election returns for African American presidential, senatorial, congressional, and gubernatorial candidates over time. Rich, insightful narrative explains the data and traces the history of the laws dealing with the enfranchisement and disenfranchisement of African Americans.

Topics covered include:

- the contributions of statistical pioneers including Monroe Work, W.E.B. DuBois and Ralph Bunche

- African American organizations, like the NAACP and National Equal Rights League (NERL)

- pioneering African American officeholders, including the few before the Civil War

- four influxes of African American voters: Reconstruction (Southern African American men), the Fifteenth Amendment (African American men across the country), the Nineteenth Amendment (African American female voters in 1920 election), and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

- the historical development of disenfranchisement in the South and the statistical impact of the tools of disenfranchisement: literacy clauses, poll taxes, and grandfather clauses.

The African-American Electorate features more than 300 tables, 150 figures, and 50 maps, many of which have been created exclusively for this work using demographic, voter registration, election return, and racial precinct data that have never been collected and assembled for the public. An appendix includes popular and electoral voting data for African-American presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial candidates, and a comprehensive bibliography indicates major topic areas and eras concerning the African-American electorate.

The African American Electorate offers students and researchers the opportunity, for the first time, to explore the relationship between voters and political candidates, identify critical variables, and situate African Americans' voting behavior and political phenomena in the context of America's political history.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9780872895089
Number of pages: 1024
Weight: 2760 g
Dimensions: 279 x 215 x 53 mm

"This unique and original resource investigates the African American voting experience from colonial times
to the present...Overall, this source is a cross between a reference work and an in-depth academic analysis. With its hundreds of charts and footnotes, it has elements of both. The level of depth here makes this resource more appropriate for academic libraries." -- Michael Tosko * Booklist *
"This work stands out by going beyond a strict linear examination of the African American electorate to present an overlapping analysis that reflects the historical ebbs and flows of participation and disenfranchisement. An outstanding contribution to research on the African American electorate." -- Choice * Choice *

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