African Americans and Political Participation: A Reference Handbook

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Minion K. C. Morrison
ABC-CLIO, Jan 1, 2003 - Political Science - 400 pages
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With contributions by several of the field's experts, this concise, provocative volume explores the evolution and current status of African American political action. Focusing on distinct types of activity (protest politics, grassroots movements, electoral politics, political office holding), it charts the unique development of African Americans as they progressed from enslavement by whites to empowerment as citizens to an ever-growing influence on elections.

As the book vividly demonstrates, African Americans' efforts to act on their own political behalf didn't begin in the 1960s. Even while enslaved, black people courageously launched petitions, instigated strikes on plantations, and staged full-blown revolts, creating a legacy of activism that expanded through the abolition movement, Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, the post-World War II civil rights movement, and into the present.

 

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Contents

1 Overview
1
2 Protest Politics
63
3 Civil Rights Organizations and Movements
117
4 Participation in Electoral Politics
183
5 African Americans in Office
241
6 Conclusion A Limited Democracy for Blacks
309
Key People Laws and Terms
315
Resources
331
Chronology
347
Annotated Bibliography
357
About the Contributors
383
Index
385
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About the author (2003)

Minion K. C. Morrison is professor of political science at the University of Missouri–Columbia, Columbia, MO.