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The Delta District and the Continuing Politics of Race

The Delta District and the Continuing Politics of Race

Chapter:
(p.191) 9 The Delta District and the Continuing Politics of Race
Source:
After Freedom Summer
Author(s):
Chris Danielson
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037387.003.0010

This chapter chronicles the efforts to re-create the Delta District, a geographically defined U.S. House district that was dissolved by the state government to prevent the election of a black representative. When the Voting Rights Act of 1982 helped re-create the district, efforts to elect a black congressman followed. Yet the efforts of Robert Clark, the state's first modern black state legislator, to become the congressman were stymied by his own background and history. It was not until 1986 that Mike Espy, a young post-civil rights black attorney who lacked Clark's political baggage, won election in the district and integrated the state's house delegation.

Keywords:   redistricting, Congressional elections, black congressmen, Robert Clark

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