We Have No Leaders: African-Americans in the Post-Civil Rights Era

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This comprehensive study of African American politics since the civil rights era concludes that the black movement has been coopted, marginalized, and almost wholly incorporated into mainstream institutions.
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Smith (political science, San Francisco State U.) studies the political history of the black community for the past 30 years, subjecting discrete events to an aggressive analysis in order to examine the processes and consequences of the institutionalization of the civil rights movement. He looks at the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955, the Black Political Convention of 1972, the Humphrey-Hawkins Bill, and other events, evaluating both the strategies and the politics aimed at implementing the black agenda, and the agenda itself. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791431368
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Series: SUNY Series in Afro-American Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents




Part I

1. From Protest to Incorporation: A Framework for Analysis of Civil Rights Movement Outcomes

Part II

2. The National Black Political Convention, 1972–84

3. Continuity and Innovation in Post–Civil Rights Era Black Organization

Part III

4. Black Incorporation and Institutionalization in the Post–Civil Rights Era: Leading America and Leading Blacks

5. Blacks and Presidential Policy Making: Neglect, Policy, Symbols, and Cooptation

6. Blacks in Congressional Decision Making: A Policy Consensus on Civil Rights, 1970–1994

7. Blacks in Congressional Decision Making: The Humphrey-Hawkins Act as Symbolic Politics

8. Blacks in Congressional Decision Making: Neglect and Invisibility on Social and Economic Reform

Part IV

9. Symbolic Politics at High Tide: Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow Coalition

10. Racial Symbolism as "Ideology" in the Post–Civil Rights Era, and a Postscript on the Clinton Administration and the 1994 Election

Part V

11. From Incorporation toward Irrelevance: The Afro-American Freedom Struggle in the 21st Century

Appendix A Comparison of Democratic Party Platform Language on Full Employment, 1944–92



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