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.
"…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."