The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement / Edition 1

The Two Reconstructions: The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement / Edition 1

by Richard M. Valelly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226845303

ISBN-13: 9780226845302

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Winner of the 2005 J. David Greenstone Book Award from the Politics and History section of the American Political Science Association.
 
Winner of the 2005 Ralph J. Bunche Award of the American Political Science Association

Winner of the 2005 V.O. Key, Jr. Award of the Southern Political Science Association
The Reconstruction era marked a huge

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Winner of the 2005 J. David Greenstone Book Award from the Politics and History section of the American Political Science Association.
 
Winner of the 2005 Ralph J. Bunche Award of the American Political Science Association

Winner of the 2005 V.O. Key, Jr. Award of the Southern Political Science Association
The Reconstruction era marked a huge political leap for African Americans, who rapidly went from the status of slaves to voters and officeholders. Yet this hard-won progress lasted only a few decades. Ultimately a "second reconstruction"—associated with the civil rights movement and the Voting Rights Act—became necessary.

How did the first reconstruction fail so utterly, setting the stage for the complete disenfranchisement of Southern black voters, and why did the second succeed? These are among the questions Richard M. Valelly answers in this fascinating history. The fate of black enfranchisement, he argues, has been closely intertwined with the strengths and constraints of our political institutions. Valelly shows how effective biracial coalitions have been the key to success and incisively traces how and why political parties and the national courts either rewarded or discouraged the formation of coalitions.

Revamping our understanding of American race relations, The Two Reconstructions brilliantly explains a puzzle that lies at the heart of America’s development as a political democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226845302
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
American Politics and Political Economy Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
951,023
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. The Strange Career of African American Voting and Office-Holding
2. Forging the Coalition of 1867-1868
3. Incomplete Institutionalization
4. Party-Building during the First Reconstruction
5. The Limits of Jurisprudence-Building
6. The Vortex of Racial Disenfranchisement
7. Heralding the Second Reconstruction: The Coalition of 1948
8. The Coalition of 1961-1965
9. How the Second Reconstruction Stabilized
10. Institutions and Enfranchisement
Notes
Index

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