In the Balance of Power: Independent Black Politics and Third-Party Movements in the United States

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With the presidential election looming, the ?black vote? has been deemed a crucial portion of the electorate. Historically, most black voters have aligned themselves with one of the two major parties?the Republican Party from the time of the Civil War to the New Deal; and, since the New Deal, and especially since the height of the modern civil rights movement, the Democratic Party.

However, as In the Balance of Power convincingly demonstrates, African Americans have long been ...

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Overview

With the presidential election looming, the “black vote” has been deemed a crucial portion of the electorate. Historically, most black voters have aligned themselves with one of the two major parties—the Republican Party from the time of the Civil War to the New Deal; and, since the New Deal, and especially since the height of the modern civil rights movement, the Democratic Party.

However, as In the Balance of Power convincingly demonstrates, African Americans have long been part of independent political movements and have used third parties to advance some of the most important changes in the United States, notably the abolition of slavery, the extension of voting rights, and the advancement of civil rights.

Since the early nineteenth century, there has been an undercurrent of political independence among African Americans. They helped develop the Liberty Party in the 1840s, and have continued to work with third parties to challenge the policies of the two major parties. But despite the legal gains of the modern civil rights movement, elements of Jim Crow remain deeply embedded in our electoral process.

In the Balance of Power presents a history and analysis of African American third-party movements that can help us better understand the growing diversity among black voters today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821418079
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 1,440,169
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Omar H. Ali is an associate professor of African American and Diaspora History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.

Omar H. Ali is an associate professor of African American and Diaspora History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.

Omar H. Ali is an associate professor of African American and Diaspora History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Eric Foner Foner, Eric

Introduction 1

1 Declarations of Independence 9

2 Abolitionism, the Liberty Party, and Free Soil 27

3 Republicans, Reconstruction, and Fusion 54

4 Black Populism and the "Negro Party" 74

5 Black Communists, Socialists, and Nationalists 101

6 Civil Rights, Black Power, and Independent Politics 134

Epilogue: The Black and Independent Alliance in 2008 162

Appendix: Recent Articles 171

Bibliography 219

Index 237

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