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Thirty years ago there were nine African Americans in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today there are four times that number. In Going Home, the dean of congressional studies, Richard F. Fenno, explores what representation has meant—and means today—to black voters and to the politicians they have elected to office.
Fenno follows the careers of four black representatives—Louis Stokes, Barbara Jordan, Chaka Fattah, and Stephanie Tubbs Jones—from their home districts to the halls of the Capitol. He finds that while these politicians had different visions of how they should represent their districts (in part based on their individual preferences, and in part based on the history of black politics in America), they shared crucial organizational and symbolic connections to their constituents. These connections, which draw on a sense of "linked fates," are ones that only black representatives can provide to black constituents.
His detailed portraits and incisive analyses will be important for anyone interested in the workings of Congress or in black politics.
1. African American House Members and Representation Change and Diversity Inclusion, Influence and Linkage Representation and the Home Perspective Conceptualization: Process, Connections, Negotiation and Strategy Elements of Strategy: Personal Goals, Constituency Contexts and Experiential Learning The Study
2. Louis Stokes: 1970-1976
The Pioneer Cohort Personal Goals and Representational Strategy Constituency Context Electoral Connections Policy Connections Symbolic Connections Organizational Connections and Experiential Learning Personal Connections Minority Connections Liberty Hill Baptist Church Institutional Career and Representation Conclusion
3. Barbara Jordan: 1972-1973
Pioneer Cohort: Diversity Personal Goals and Representational Strategy Pre-Congressional Career Constituency Context Early Negotiations and Experiential Learning Constituency Connections: The Campaign Institutional Career and Representation Postscript Conclusion
4. Chaka Fattah: 1996-2001
The Contemporary Cohort Personal Goals and Representational Strategy Constituency Context Electoral Connections Policy Connections Symbolic Connections: The Dewey Street Award Program Organizational Connections and Experiential Learning Personal Connections Institutional Career and Representation Conclusion
5. Louis Stokes: Postscript, 1998
Representational Change First Impressions Constituency Context and Electoral Connections Policy Connections Symbolic Connections: Role Model Organizational Connections: Party & Protection Minority Connections Institutional Career
6. Stephanie Tubbs Jones: 2000-2002
Succession Pre-Congressional Career Electoral Connections and The Succession Personal Goals and Representational Strategy Constituency Context Personal Connections Policy Connections and Experiential Learning Symbolic Connections Organizational Connections Institutional Career and Experiential Learning Conclusion
7. Conclusion Representation and Home Change and Cohorts Diversity and Personal Goals Context and Policy Connections Symbolic and Organizational Connections Personal Connections Negotiation and Learning Institutional Careers and Home