American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2014-09-10
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Demonstrates the profound influence of African Americans on American politics

This dynamic and comprehensive text from two nationally renowned scholars continues to demonstrate the profound influence African Americans have had -- and continue to have -- on American politics.  Through the use of two interrelated themes -- the idea of universal freedom and the concept of minority-majority coalitions -- the text demonstrates how the presence of Africans in the United States affected the founding of the Republic and its political institutions and processes.  The authors show that through the quest for their own freedom in the United States, African Americans have universalized and expanded the freedoms of all Americans.


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Author Biography

Hanes Walton, Jr. (1941–2013), professor of political science, University of Michigan, was an architect of the modern study of African American politics. Over four decades of prodigious research (including 25 books) and conceptual refinement he helped to make the subfield of black politics an important area of study in political science. His last book was The African American Electorate: A Statistical Portrait.


Robert C. Smith, professor of political science, San Francisco State University, is the author of multiple books and articles and of the Encyclopedia of African American Politics. His most recent books are Conservatism and Racism and Why in America They are the Same and John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama and the Politics of Ethnic Incorporation and Avoidance.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Universal Freedom Declared, University Freedom Denied: Racism, Slavery, and the Ideology of White Supremacy in the Founding of the Republic

Chapter 2. Federalism and the Limits of Universal Freedom



Chapter 3. Political Culture

Chapter 4. Political Socialization

Chapter 5. Public Opinion

Chapter 6. African Americans and the Media



Chapter 7. Social Movements and a Theory of African American Coalition Politics

Chapter 8. Interest Groups

Chapter 9. Political Parties

Chapter 10. Voting Behavior and Elections



Chapter 11. The Congress and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom

Chapter 12. The Presidency and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom

Chapter 13. The Supreme Court and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom

Chapter 14. The Bureaucracy and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom

Chapter 15. Domestic Policy and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom

Chapter 16. American Foreign Policy and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom

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