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The Resource Black faces, black interests : the representation of African Americans in Congress, Carol M. Swain

Black faces, black interests : the representation of African Americans in Congress, Carol M. Swain

Label
Black faces, black interests : the representation of African Americans in Congress
Title
Black faces, black interests
Title remainder
the representation of African Americans in Congress
Statement of responsibility
Carol M. Swain
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
How does congress represent the interests of African Americans? Must blacks be represented by blacks to be properly heard? How do members of Congress respond to the needs of blacks in their districts, and what do congressional voting records reveal? In this incisive book Carol Swain examines the problems of representing the interests of African Americans by studying 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. Included are analyses of well-known figures such as William Gray, Ron Dellums, Lindy Boggs, and Peter Rodino as well as others such as Mike Espy, Mississippi's first black member of Congress since Reconstruction; Robin Tallon, a white moderate from South Carolina who has succeeded in winning broad support among blacks; and Alan Wheat, a black serving a Missouri district that is 80 percent white. What strategies, Swain asks, are most likely to lead to greater representation of black interests? She challenges the proposition that only African Americans can represent black interests effectively, and shows that creating additional black-majority districts is in any case a limited possibility. She contends that an increase in the number of black representatives in the near future can come only from the election of blacks in predominantly nonblack districts. In addition, she argues, blacks must form coalitions with white representatives to serve black needs. BLACK FACES, BLACK INTERESTS is a major contribution to our understanding of the capacity of the American political system to respond to the varied and complex interests of African Americans. Scholars and others interested in public affairs will discover valuable lessons for the future in black politics, campaigning, the workings of Congress, minority voting rights, and representation
Awards note
American Political Science Association Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, 1994.
Cataloging source
DLC
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Swain, Carol M.
Dewey number
328.73/0089/96073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1323
LC item number
.A37 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • African American legislators
  • Legislators
  • African Americans
  • Representative government and representation
  • United States
  • African American legislators
  • African Americans
  • Election districts
  • Legislators
  • Representative government and representation
  • United States
Label
Black faces, black interests : the representation of African Americans in Congress, Carol M. Swain
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • I. The Context. 1. The Representation of Black Interests in Congress. What Is Representation? What Are Black Interests? Who Supports the Interests of Blacks on Capitol Hill? 2. Tracing the Footsteps of Blacks on the Hill. The Reconstruction Era. The Twentieth Century -- II. Black Representatives. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. 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? 6. 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 -- III. White Representatives. 7. 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. 8. 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 -- IV. Implications. 9. 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. 10. 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
Control code
ocm26054970
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 275 pages
Isbn
9780674076150
Lccn
92021837
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Black faces, black interests : the representation of African Americans in Congress, Carol M. Swain
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • I. The Context. 1. The Representation of Black Interests in Congress. What Is Representation? What Are Black Interests? Who Supports the Interests of Blacks on Capitol Hill? 2. Tracing the Footsteps of Blacks on the Hill. The Reconstruction Era. The Twentieth Century -- II. Black Representatives. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. 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? 6. 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 -- III. White Representatives. 7. 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. 8. 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 -- IV. Implications. 9. 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. 10. 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
Control code
ocm26054970
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 275 pages
Isbn
9780674076150
Lccn
92021837
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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