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After Freedom Summer: How Race Realigned Mississippi Politics, 1965-1986

Chris Danielson


This book discusses the central role that race played in Mississippi's gradual transition from a Democratic stronghold to a solidly Republican state. Prior to 1965, the state had almost no black political participation, but, in just over twenty years, it had hundreds of black elected officials. The growth of black political power was contested by white politicians in both parties, who alternated between resistance to and solicitation of black voters. These mechanisms of resistance included numerous vote-dilution schemes to weaken black voting strength and defeat black candidates. Eventually, t ... More

Keywords: black politics, voting rights, civil rights, Mississippi, Democratic stronghold

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813037387
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Danielson, author