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Black Power in DixieA Political History of African Americans in Atlanta$
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Alton Hornsby Jr.

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032825

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032825.001.0001

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(p.239) Epilogue
Black Power in Dixie

Alton Hornsby

University Press of Florida

This last chapter concludes that from the Reconstruction era to the pre-civil rights era, the blacks' participation in politics grew from being an occasional influence on general and special occasions to having three people elected to public office to holding a significant balanced power in local elections. Then by the turn of 1960s and 1970s, African Americans substantially increased their influence and amplified their political clout until they gained political control of the city. While the African Americans gained political influence and control over the city, this would have not been achieved without their coalition with other classes and ethnicities. The only realistic hope for the black Atlantans in ending discrimination, deprivation, and exploitation based on race, class and gender was by forging coalitions of the oppressed and the dispossessed and forging allies with the middle and upper classes.

Keywords:   politics, balanced power, elections, political influence, political control, African Americans, coalition, allies, discrimination

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