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

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ISBN-10: 0674076168

ISBN-13: 9780674076167

Edition: 2nd 1995 (Enlarged)

Authors: Carol M. Swain

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In this incisive book Carol Swain explores what strategies are most likely to lead to greater representation of black political interests. She studies the constituency relations and roll-call voting of black members of Congress from a variety of districts--historically black, newly black, heterogeneous, and primarily white--and of white members from districts with either a black majority or a significant black minority. She challenges the proposition that only African Americans can represent black interests effectively, and argues that blacks must form coalitions with white representatives to serve black needs. Swain has updated this edition with a new chapter entitled "Black Congressional Representation since 1992."
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Book details

List price: $20.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 8/11/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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 Eighth 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?
Appendix A. Research Methods
Appendix B. Campaign Finance, 1980-1990
Appendix C. Legislative Records of All Black Representatives, 100th Congress
Notes
Index