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The African American Electorate: A Statistical History

, Jr. & others. 2 vols. SAGE-CQ Pr. 940p. illus. maps. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780872895089. $350.
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This is the richest collection of African American electoral data ever compiled. It aims to capture the dynamism of the African American electorate starting with the free men and women of color in Colonial America and continuing through electoral disenfranchisement to the historic election of Barack Obama in 2008. The compilers use descriptive and visual statistics, and their addition of newly found data makes this particularly valuable. From table 9.5, which shows "Free African American Male Voting in Presidential Elections, 1789 to 1868," to Diagram 23.1, which visually depicts the dismantling of the Democratic Party's White Primary, the work portrays a remarkable journey.

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