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The Class of 1979 and the Second Generation of Black Political Power

The Class of 1979 and the Second Generation of Black Political Power

Chapter:
(p.124) 6 The Class of 1979 and the Second Generation of Black Political Power
Source:
After Freedom Summer
Author(s):
Chris Danielson
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037387.003.0007

This chapter analyzes the second generation of black political power, largely composed of younger black male state legislators benefiting from the advances of the civil rights movement. Black women, on the other hand, remained underrepresented in Mississippi politics, a feature they shared in common with white women. While black candidates continued to make important gains in new areas such as sheriffs' offices, the fragility of fusion continued as the Democratic Party lost increasing numbers of white voters to the GOP. The GOP, meanwhile, abandoned its experiment in biracialism and rested its eventual hegemony on the votes of racially conservative whites.

Keywords:   fender, black legislators, Great White Switch

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