Black Politics in the Post-Civil Rights Era (Government 98ef)




This seminar examines the shift among African-Americans from protest to politics.   The emphasis is on the development and use of political resources, in particular the vehicle of electoral politics, as the means to achieve policy objectives in the post-Civil Rights Era.  Beginning with the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, this course will explore the opportunities and challenges that have defined African-American political life in the last forty years, and assess the extent of African-American influence over the political process. We will consider issues including the role of racial remedies in promoting black descriptive and substantive representation; party politics and African American voting behavior; the salience of racial group consciousness and its value for political mobilization; the black church as a political actor; the consequences of rising inequality and ethnic diversity within the black community; relations between African Americans and other minority groups.