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The African American Electorate

The African American Electorate
A Statistical History

Two Volume Set

August 2012 | 1 024 pages | CQ Press
This pioneering work brings together for the first time in a single reference work all of the extant, fugitive, and recently discovered registration data on African American voters from Colonial America to the present. It features election returns for African American presidential, senatorial, congressional, and gubernatorial candidates over time. Rich, insightful narrative explains the data and traces the history of the laws dealing with the enfranchisement and disenfranchisement of African Americans.

Topics covered include:

- the contributions of statistical pioneers including Monroe Work, W.E.B. DuBois and Ralph Bunche

- African American organizations, like the NAACP and National Equal Rights League (NERL)

- pioneering African American officeholders, including the few before the Civil War

- four influxes of African American voters: Reconstruction (Southern African American men), the Fifteenth Amendment (African American men across the country), the Nineteenth Amendment (African American female voters in 1920 election), and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

- the historical development of disenfranchisement in the South and the statistical impact of the tools of disenfranchisement: literacy clauses, poll taxes, and grandfather clauses.

The African-American Electorate features more than 300 tables, 150 figures, and 50 maps, many of which have been created exclusively for this work using demographic, voter registration, election return, and racial precinct data that have never been collected and assembled for the public. An appendix includes popular and electoral voting data for African-American presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial candidates, and a comprehensive bibliography indicates major topic areas and eras concerning the African-American electorate.

The African American Electorate offers students and researchers the opportunity, for the first time, to explore the relationship between voters and political candidates, identify critical variables, and situate African Americans' voting behavior and political phenomena in the context of America's political history.

Chapter 1. The State of African American Election Data
Chapter 2. The Literature on the African American Electorate
Chapter 3. The African American Electorate in the Colonial Era, 1610–1773
Chapter 4. The African American Electorate in the Revolutionary Era, 1774–1789
Chapter 5. The Electoral Context in Antebellum America, 1788–1861
Chapter 6. The African American Electorate in Antebellum and Civil War America, 1788–1867
Chapter 7. The Reversal of African American Suffrage Rights prior to the Fifteenth Amendment, 1788-1870
Chapter 8. Suffrage Referenda Prior to the Fifteenth Amendment, 1846–1870
Chapter 9. Voting Behavior of the African American Electorate Prior to the Fifteenth Amendment, 1788–1870
Chapter 10. The First African American Nominees and Public Office Holders, 1776–1870
Chapter 11. The National Equal Rights League
Chapter 12. The Civil War Election and the African American Soldiers’ Vote, 1864
Chapter 13. African American Voter Registration and Turnout in 1867 Southern State Elections
Chapter 14. African American Voting Behavior in the First Presidential and Congressional Elections after the Abolition of Slavery in the South, 1868 and 1872
Chapter 15. African American Voting Behavior in the First Presidential and Congressional Elections After the Abolition of Slavery in the Border, Midwest, and Far West States, 1868 and 1872
Chapter 16. African American Voting Behavior in Subsequent Elections Through Disenfranchisement, 1868 to 1920
Chapter 17. African American Voting and Non-Voting Behavior in the Era of Disenfranchisement (1888–1908) and Beyond
Chapter 18. The Lodge Bill and Beyond
Chapter 19. African American Voters and Electoral Empowerment in the North, 1876–1944
Chapter 20. The Enfranchisement of African American Women: 1669–1921
Chapter 21. The Electoral Revolt of the African American Voters in 1920–1921 and Beyond
Chapter 22. African American Registration and Voting in the South, 1920–1944
Chapter 23. African American Registration and Voting in the South, 1944–1965
Chapter 24. Rare African American Registration and Voting Data
Chapter 25. The 1965 Voting Rights Act, Expansions and Renewals, 1970, 1975, 1982, 1992, and 2006
Chapter 26. Felon and Ex-Felon Disenfranchisement
Chapter 27. African American Voting Rights in a Historic Presidential Election
Chapter 28. Summary and Conclusions
Cumulative Bibliography
Copyright Acknowledgments

"This unique and original resource investigates the African American voting experience from colonial times
to the present...Overall, this source is a cross between a reference work and an in-depth academic analysis. With its hundreds of charts and footnotes, it has elements of both. The level of depth here makes this resource more appropriate for academic libraries

Michael Tosko

"This work stands out by going beyond a strict linear examination of the African American electorate to present an overlapping analysis that reflects the historical ebbs and flows of participation and disenfranchisement. An outstanding contribution to research on the African American electorate."


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