In the Balance of Power Independent Black Politics and Third-Party Movements in the United States

ISBN-10: 0821418076

ISBN-13: 9780821418079

Edition: 2008

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With the presidential election looming, the ldquo;black voterdquo; has been deemed a crucial but unsecured portion of the electorate. Historically, most black voters have aligned themselves with one of the two major parties-the Republican Party from the time of the Civil War to the New Deal; and, since the New Deal, and especially since the height of the modern civil rights movement, the Democratic Party. However, asIn the Balance of Powerconvincingly demonstrates, African Americans have long been part of independent political movements and have used third parties to advance some of the most important changes in the United States, notably the abolition of slavery, the extension of voting rights, and the advancement of civil rights. Since the early nineteenth century, there has been an undercurrent of political independence among African Americans. They helped develop the Liberty Party in the 1840s, and have continued to work with third parties to challenge the policies of the two major parties. But despite the legal gains of the modern civil rights movement, elements of Jim Crow remain deeply embedded in our electoral process. In the Balance of Powerpresents a history and analysis of African American third-party movements that can help us better understand the growing diversity among black voters today.
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Omar H. Ali is an assistant professor of history at Towson University in Maryland. A Fulbright Scholar, he has received research grants from Harvard University and the University of Michigan. An honors graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he received his PhD from Columbia University and has served as an editor forSouls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society.

Eric Foner is a professor of American history at Columbia University.

Declarations of Independence
Abolitionism, the Liberty Party, and Free Soil
Republicans, Reconstruction, and Fusion
Black Populism and the "Negro Party"
Black Communists, Socialists, and Nationalists
Civil Rights, Black Power, and Independent Politics
Epilogue: The Black and Independent Alliance in 2008
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