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Introduction

Alton Hornsby

in Black Power in Dixie

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780813032825
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038537 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032825.003.0001
Introduction

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This book focuses on Atlanta, a southern city wherein the African American voter has played a significant role in local politics. This book offers a study of the black politics of this southern city. From the Reconstruction era to recent times, the middle-class black leadership in Atlanta, while often subordinating class and gender differences to forge a continous campaign for improved city services and better racial relations, has successfully maintained its mantle of black leadership for more than a century through a combination of racial advocacy and forging allies with the local white business and political elites. This book examines how Atlanta has managed, coped, and adapted with the struggles for racial equality, by examining traditional electoral politics and the roles of the non-politicians who were deemed influential in the community. This book takes a closer look at the two black mayors of Atlanta, Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young. The book concludes by raising questions regarding the success of black politics and political influence on creating measurable socioeconomic changes in the African American community.

Keywords: Atlanta; southern city; African American voter; black politics; racial relations; racial equality

Chapter.  4755 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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