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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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The Return to Electoral Politics, 1932–1946

The Return to Electoral Politics, 1932–1946

(p.51) 3 The Return to Electoral Politics, 1932–1946
Black Power in Dixie

Alton Hornsby

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the political awakening of black Americans in Atlanta. In 1921, the decisive impact of the black vote signaled the reawakening of African American voters in Atlanta and their return to electoral politics. However this reawakening was deeply rooted in the deep emotional sense of the black communities. This sustained renewal of black interest and a systematic return to electoral politics was spurred by the roles played by the African Americans during the municipal elections of 1932 and 1946 wherein they displayed their voting power and their political influence on the electoral process and in Atlantan politics. After acquiring their right to suffrage and their right to educating themselves, the black voters had a new important decisive role in elections—a decisive role wherein black leaders and white politicians saw a clear image of the forthcoming electoral and political opportunities for the blacks.

Keywords:   political awakening, black Americans, black vote, voting power, political influence, decisive role, electoral politics

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