Louis Stokes Postscript, 1998

in Going Home

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780226241302
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226241326 | DOI:
Louis Stokes Postscript, 1998

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The most important fact about the intervening years was Louis Stokes's accumulated record in Congress. Stokes's representational strategy—to protect the group interests of the black community—was unchanged. In terms of substantive representation, his policy connections with his perceived constituency also remained unchanged. In the 1970s, the most troublesome of Stokes's trial-and-error representational negotiations had centered around the relationship between the organized black community and the white-dominated Democratic Party. His congressional achievements had won him added support among white voters, and in the intervening years, his connections with the white community had, by his account, improved. Still, they remained distant and nonessential to Stokes's survival.

Keywords: Louis Stokes; black community; Democratic Party; representational strategy; congressional achievements

Chapter.  5165 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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