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From protest to politics : the new Black voters in American elections /
Katherine Tate.
New York : Russell Sage Foundation ; Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 1993.
xiv, 221 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0674325389 (acid-free paper)
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New York : Russell Sage Foundation ; Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 1993.
0674325389 (acid-free paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-214) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-09:
Tate (government, Harvard) uses national polls to examine the behavior of African Americans in the presidential elections of 1984 and 1988. She uses sophisticated, appropriate methods to identify the determinants of turnout and voter choices. The book fails, however, to deliver its title's promise of information on "new black voters in American elections." By focusing only on presidential voting in 1984 and 1988--two Republican victories, the book's conclusions are narrow, already dated, and have nothing to do with "new voters." Jimmy Carter would have lost in 1976 without black votes, which were also important in the Clinton victory. The book also ignores nonpresidential races; black votes have been crucial to campaigns for Congress as well as state and local offices. An unusual problem is that the dust jacket misreports her findings (i.e., "Since 1984, largely as a result of Jesse Jackson's presidential bid, blacks have been galvanized politically." Her findings show little impact of the Jackson campaigns, and few people "galvanized"). Nevertheless, a fine bibliography and a good analysis of black voters in two presidential elections. General readers; advanced undergraduate through faculty. R. E. O'Connor; Pennsylvania State University
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From Protest to Politics makes an important contribution to our understanding of black electoral behavior. Tate has a deep and broad understanding of the research literature on black political behavior. Her data analyses are sound, and her interpretation of the data is solid.
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The struggle for civil rights among black Americans has moved into the voting booth. How such a shift came about and what it means-is revealed in this timely reflection on black presidential politics in recent years. Since 1984, largely as a result of Jesse Jackson's presidential bid, blacks have been galvanized politically. Drawing on a substantial national survey of black voters, Katherine Tate shows how this process manifested itself at the polls in 1984 and 1988. In an analysis of the black presidential vote by region, income, age, and gender, she is able to identify unique aspects of the black experience as they shape political behavior, and to answer long-standing questions about that behavior. How, for instance, does the rise of conservatism among blacks influence their voting patterns? Is class more powerful than race in determining voting? And what is the value of the notion of a black political party? In the 1990s, Tate suggests, black organizations will continue to stress civil rights over economic development for one clear, compelling reason: Republican resistance to addressing black needs. In this, and in the friction engendered by affirmative action, she finds an explanation for the slackening of black voting. Tate does not, however, see blacks abandoning the political game. Instead, she predicts their continued search for leaders who prefer the ballot box to other kinds of protest, and for men and women who can deliver political programs of racial equality. Unique in its focus on the black electorate, this study illuminates a little understood and tremendously significant aspect of American politics. It will benefit those who wish to understand better the subtle interplay of race and politics, at the voting booth and beyond.
Table of Contents
The New Black Politicsp. 1
The New Black Voter and Jackson's Presidential Campaignsp. 4
The Second Stage of the Civil Rights Movement?p. 15
Race, Class, and Black Policy Viewsp. 20
Is the Significance of Race Increasing or Declining?p. 21
Black Political Liberalism and Conservatismp. 29
United by Race or Divided by Class?p. 38
Blacks and the Democratic Partyp. 50
A Historical Overviewp. 51
Explaining Black Support for the Democratic Party Todayp. 62
Impact of the Reagan Presidency and the Jackson Candidaciesp. 65
Group Resources and Black Electoral Participationp. 75
Black Collective Resourcesp. 77
Who within the Black Community Participates?p. 81
The Impact of Group-Based Political Resources on Black Participationp. 89
Black Officeseeking and Participationp. 103
Black Turnout in the 1984 and 1988 Presidential Primaries and Electionsp. 109
Who Voted in the 1984 and 1988 Presidential Primaries?p. 113
The Impact of Reagan, Bush, and Jackson on Turnout in the Presidential Electionsp. 118
Blacks as Strategic Votersp. 122
The Black Vote in 1984 and 1988p. 127
Blacks' Evaluations of Presidential Nominees and Presidentsp. 127
Economic Conditions and the Black Presidential Votep. 131
Black Support for Jesse Jacksonp. 137
Black Power and Electoral Politicsp. 151
The Black Power Movementp. 152
Black Political Independence and Racial Votingp. 155
The Resurgence of Black Nationalismp. 160
Black Electoral Politics and Beyondp. 164
Group-Oriented Politics or a Movement?p. 164
Black Alternatives to the Ballotp. 172
Appendix A The National Black Election Studyp. 183
Appendix B Methodological Notesp. 188
Notesp. 197
Referencesp. 205
Indexp. 215
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