The Great Migration and the Democratic Party: Black Voters and the Realignment of American Politics in the 20th Century

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Price
$27.95
Publisher
Temple University Press
Publish Date
February 14, 2020
Pages
202
Dimensions
5.2 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781439917466

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About the Author

Keneshia N. Grant is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University.

Reviews

" An impressive work of political scholarship, The Great Migration and the Democratic Party captures the political agency of Black migrants to the urban North. Tracing Black political activity across Chicago, Detroit, and New York City, Grant shows how migrants eagerly grasped the possibility of place by engaging in strategic coalition building with local parties. Political activism, in turn, led to the election or appointment of Black women and men to local and state offices, giving political voice and influence to the new migrants and, in some cases, to the Black Americans disenfranchised in the South. The possibility of the Black 'balance of power' vote and the activism of Black officials created the northern urban roots of the Democratic Party's twentieth-century realignment. Grant's careful historical scholarship and political analysis provide a clear and systematic breakdown of the Great Migration and its consequences."
--Kimberley Johnson, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at the Wagner School, New York University, and author of Reforming Jim Crow: Southern Politics and State in the Age before Brown
"Scholars have long analyzed the Great Migration's social and economic effects on U.S. cities. In this well-documented study, Keneshia Grant goes where few scholars have gone before, by focusing on the Great Migration's significant political consequences on U.S. cities. Using in-depth case studies and historical analysis, Grant demonstrates how the massive influx of Black migrants from the South transformed local political regimes in Detroit, Chicago, and New York. She paints a vivid portrait of the political agency of Black migrants from the South, including many who won election to local, state, and federal offices in their adopted cities."
--Marion Orr, Frederick Lippitt Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science, Brown University, and co-editor of Latino Mayors: Political Change in the Postindustrial City (Temple).