Black Politics After the Civil Rights Movement

Activity and Beliefs in Sacramento, 1970–2000

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About the Book

This important study posits a new way of understanding how ordinary Black people used the 30 years following the civil rights movement to forge a new political reality for themselves and their country. While following national trends closely, it focuses particularly on the political environment of Sacramento, California, from 1970 to 2000. Having a racial profile that is remarkably similar to the nation’s demographics as a whole, Sacramento serves as a useful national proxy on the racial question.
Unlike most studies of Black politics over the era, this text pays close attention to minor actors in the political process, yet places them within the context of the larger political world. We see, for example, the local effects of the War on Poverty, the Harold Washington mayoral campaigns, the Rainbow Coalition, the Million Man March, and the great increases in locally appointed and elected Black officials within the context of similar campaigns and movements nationwide.

About the Author(s)

David Covin is Professor Emeritus of Government and Pan African Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

Bibliographic Details

David Covin
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 236
Bibliographic Info: 28 photos, maps, tables, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4258-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5298-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

Introduction      3

1. ORIGINS OF BLACK SACRAMENTO      15

2. THE 1970S      29

3. THE 1980S      97

4. THE 1990S      140

5. CONCLUSIONS      191

Chapter Notes      203

Bibliography      215

Index      221