Black Faces, Black Interests The Representation of African Americans in Congress

ISBN-10: 0761834079
ISBN-13: 9780761834076
Edition: 2006
Authors: Carol M. Swain
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List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University Press of America, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

Presented here in an enlarged edition, Black Faces, Black Interests presents persuasive evidence that challenges the notion that only African Americans can represent black interests effectively in Congress. This pivotal work argues for black and white representatives to form coalitions to better serve their constituents.

Carol M. Swain, PhD, is widely recognized as an authority on political science, law, race, and immigration. She has provided expert commentary about some of today's most complex issues, appearing on top nationalnbsp;radio and television programs. Currently professor of both political science and law at Vanderbilt University, she is also a member of the James Madison Society at Princeton University, where shenbsp;was a tenured professor.

Preface
The Context
The Representation of Black Interests in Congress
What Is Representation?
What Are Black Interests?
Who Supports the Interests of Blacks on Capitol Hill?
Tracing the Footsteps of Blacks on the Hill
The Reconstruction Era
The Twentieth Century
Black Representatives
Black Representatives of Historically Black Districts
The Thirteenth District of Michigan: George Crockett
The Second District of Pennsylvania: William Gray III
Historically Black Districts and Electoral Security
Black Representatives of Newly Black Districts
The Second District of Mississippi: Mike Espy
The Fifth District of Georgia: John Lewis
Newly Black Districts and the Need for Biracial Coalitions
Black Representatives of Heterogeneous Districts
The Thirty-First District of California: Mervyn Dymally
The Sixth District of New York: Floyd Flake
What Are the Constraints of Heterogeneous Districts?
Black Representatives of Majority-White Districts
The Fifth District of Missouri: Alan Wheat
The First District of Indiana: Katie Hall
The Eigth District of California: Ron Dellums
The Potential for Electing More Black Representatives in White Districts
White Representatives
White Representatives of Minority-Black Districts
The Sixth District of South Carolina: Robin Tallon
The Second District of North Carolina: Tim Valentine
A Delicate Balancing Act: Southern White Representation of African Americans
White Representatives of Majority-Black Districts
The Second District of Louisiana: Lindy (Corinne) Boggs
The Tenth District of New Jersey: Peter Rodino, Jr.
An Extinct Group
Implications
Strategies for Increasing Black Representation of Blacks
Factors Influencing Black Political Gains in Congress
Racial Gerrymandering
Why Question the Strategy?
Black Representation and the Republican Party
The Future of Black Congressional Representation
Preconditions of Increased Black Representation
The Special Characteristics of Black Representatives
What Lies Ahead?
Black Congressional Representation since 1992
Race-Conscious Redistricting and the Republican Sweep
The Republican Agenda and the Congressional Black Caucus
Minority Representation and the U.S. Supreme Court
African Americans Today
Research Methods
Campaign Finance, 1980-1990
Legislative Records of All Black Representatives, 100th Congress
Notes
Index

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