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Author Whitby, Kenny J., 1953-
Title The color of representation : congressional behavior and Black interests / Kenny J. Whitby.
Imprint Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2000.
Edition First paperback edition.

Author Whitby, Kenny J., 1953-
Subject United States. Congress. House -- Voting -- History.
United States. Congress. House -- Election districts -- History.
African Americans -- Suffrage -- History.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History.
African Americans -- Politics and government.
Representative government and representation -- United States -- History.
Description 1 online resource
polychrome. rdacc
Edition First paperback edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-181) and index.
Contents Introduction : the quality of representation for African-Americans -- Federal protection of voting rights : the role of Congress in the Black struggle for the franchise -- The quest for equal opportunity -- The color of Congress : the impact of race and the role of issues in congressional roll call votes -- Racial redistricting and the representation of Black interests -- Epilogue : Black policy preferences, congressional behavior, and the future of representation for African-Americans.
Note Description based on print version record.
Summary The central domestic issue in the United States over the long history of this nation has been the place of the people of color in American society. One aspect of this debate is how African-Americans are represented in Congress. Kenny J. Whitby examines congressional responsiveness to black interests by focusing on the representational link between African-American constituents and the policymaking behavior of members of the United States House of Representatives. The book uses the topics of voting rights, civil rights, and race- based redistricting to examine how members of Congress respond to the interests of black voters. Whitby's analysis weighs the relative effect of district characteristics such as partisanship, regional location, degree of urbanization and the size of the black constituency on the voting behavior of House members over time. Whitby explores how black interests are represented in formal, descriptive, symbolic, and substantive terms. He shows the political tradeoffs involved in redistricting to increase the number of African-Americans in Congress. The book is the most comprehensive analysis of black politics in the congressional context ever published. It will appeal to political scientists, sociologists, historians, and psychologists concerned with minority politics, legislative politics, and the psychological, political, and sociological effects of increasing minority membership in Congress on the perception of government held by African Americans. Kenny J. Whitby is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina.
ISBN 9780472022731 ebook
0472108050 cloth : acid-free paper
0472087029 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC # 1162024079
Additional Format Print version: The color of representation Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1997. 0472108050 (cloth : acid-free paper) (DLC) 96051291

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