The Class of 1979 and the Second Generation of Black Political Power

Chris Danielson

in After Freedom Summer

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037387
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042350 | DOI:
The Class of 1979 and the Second Generation of Black Political Power

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This chapter analyzes the second generation of black political power, largely composed of younger black male state legislators benefiting from the advances of the civil rights movement. Black women, on the other hand, remained underrepresented in Mississippi politics, a feature they shared in common with white women. While black candidates continued to make important gains in new areas such as sheriffs' offices, the fragility of fusion continued as the Democratic Party lost increasing numbers of white voters to the GOP. The GOP, meanwhile, abandoned its experiment in biracialism and rested its eventual hegemony on the votes of racially conservative whites.

Keywords: fender; black legislators; Great White Switch

Chapter.  12159 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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