Freedom Is Not Enough

Freedom Is Not Enough

Black Voters, Black Candidates, and American Presidential Politics

Book - 2005
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Black voters can make or break a presidential election - look at the close electoral results in 2000 and the difference the disenfranchised black vote in Florida alone might have made. Black candidates can influence a presidential election-look at the effect that Jesse Jackson had on the Democratic party, the platform, and the electorate in 1984 and 1988, and the contributions to the Democratic debates that Carol Moseley Braun and Al Sharpton made in 2004. American presidential politics can't get along without the black vote-witness the controversy over candidates' appearing (or not) at the NAACP convention, or the extent to which candidates court (or not) the black vote in a variety of venues. It all goes back to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which formally gave African Americans the right to vote, even if after all these years that right is continuously contested. address to Howard University just before signing the Voting Rights Act), Ron Walters traces the history of the black vote since 1965, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2005, and shows why passing a law is not the same as ensuring its enforcement, legitimacy, and opportunity.
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowan & Littlefield Publishers : Distributed by National Book Network, c2005
ISBN: 9780742538375
0742538370
Branch Call Number: 324.62089 W1719F 2005
Characteristics: xiii, 239 p. ; 24 cm

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