1st Edition

African Americans and the Politics of Congressional Redistricting

By Dewey M. Clayton Copyright 2000
    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    The books provides a detailed analysis of the politics of racial redistricting, a topic of particular concern in light of recent federal court cases. Clayton's study examines the historical exclusion of blacks from the American political process and the politics behind congressional redistricting. Investigation of the politics behind redistricting, focusing on partisan maneuvering, assesses whose interests were being served. Then the book shifts focus to the myriad of legal battles that ensued as a result of the newly created districts in North Carolina and around the South.

    Preface, Acknowledgments, Tables and Figures, Chapter 1. Introduction, Part I. Politics of Exclusion and Politics of Congressional Redistricting, Chapter 2. History of the Exclusion of Blacks from the American Political Process, Chapter 3. Pander, Slander, Gerrymander, Chapter 4. Redistricting, Round Two: North Carolina Legislators Are Required to Create a Second Majority-Minority District, Part II. Court Litigation Surrounding Redistricting and Standards of Congressional Redistricting, Chapter 5. Legal Issues Surrounding North Carolina’s Redistricting Process, Chapter 6. Subsequent Court Challenges in the South, Chapter 7 Standards of Congressional Redistricting, Chapter 8 Calculating Compactness in North Carolina Plans, Chapter 9 Conclusion: The Case for Majority Black Districts Remains Compelling, Bibliography, Index


    Dewey M. Clayton

    "...this book will be of interest to a broad range of readers who are looking for a good overview of the central debates and concepts concerning racial redistricting - David Canon, Law and Politics Book Review."
    "Clayton makes a clear argument in support of redistricting plans that ensure black representation... Upper-division undergraduate collections. Choice, January 2001, Vol. 38, No. 3."