This dynamic and comprehensive text from nationally renowned scholars continues to demonstrate the profound influence African Americans have had -- and continue to have -- on American politics. Through the use of two interrelated themes -- the idea of universal freedom and the concept of minority-majority coalitions -- the text demonstrates how the presence of Africans in the United States affected the founding of the Republic and its political institutions and processes. The authors show that through the quest for their own freedom in the United States, African Americans have universalized and expanded the freedoms of all Americans.
New to the Eighth Edition
PRAISE FOR THE EIGHTH EDITION
The eighth edition of Walton, Smith, and Wallace's landmark text is better than ever. Cemented as the introductory leading text in Black Politics since its inception, this text explores the vast landscape of African Americans' experiences as part of the American political fabric. Brilliantly, the revised edition continues its tradition of excellence by providing readers with historical details for in depth exploration of the Black American political community. As African Americans grow increasingly diverse, the book aptly expands the text's inclusive framework that engages many intersectionalities of Black political activity, and includes a cogent and powerful analysis of the presidency of Barack Obama and its significance. This book is required reading for anyone interested in Black politics, Black American life, and the role of America's institutions in the journey toward freedom in the Black experience.
Ravi K. Perry, Virginia Commonwealth University
American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom is the preeminent text from noted scholars in the field of Black politics. The authors provide an alternative understanding to the foundation of American politics, which is certain to broaden students' perspective about the true meaning of freedom in America. The new edition provides up-to-date, detailed information about the Obama presidency and the future of Black politics in America. This text essential to any course in American politics.
Angela K. Lewis, University of Alabama at Birmingham
American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom is the definitive textbook in the field of Black Politics. In this most recent edition, the authors offer an in-depth analysis of the presidency of Barack Obama, examine the influence of African Americans at the state and local levels, and provide a timely assessment of the 2016 congressional and presidential elections.
Diarra Osei Robertson, Bowie State University
American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom is a very comprehensive, informative book that details the major actors, events, and issues in African American Politics. It is a must-read for students, scholars, and laymen alike.
Sharon D. Wright Austin, University of Florida
I began using American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom as the textbook for my African American Studies courses with the 6th edition, and I enthusiastically anticipate the release of this 8th edition. This text documents the significance of the Barack Obama presidency while continuing to define the historic importance of terms such as freedom, racism, inherently inferior, and the three-fifths clause, as it relates to African Americans in these United States.
Samuel Craig, Wayne County Community College District
American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom offers the most thorough assessment of African American politics in the discipline of racial politics. It provides both historical and theoretical insight into African Americans’ relationship to foreign policy, the federal courts, Congress, the U.S. Presidency, federalism, elections, social movements, public opinion, and the Constitution. The book shows that African American political agency is constitutive of the American political tradition, and is a must-read for all political observers interested in understanding African American politics and American politics in general, including scholars, students, elected officials, and policy advocates.
Sekou Franklin, Middle Tennessee State University
PART I FOUNDATIONS
1 Universal Freedom Declared, Universal Freedom Denied: Racism, Slavery, and the Ideology of White Supremacy in the Founding of the Republic
2 Federalism and the Limits of Universal Freedom
PART II POLITICAL BEHAVIORISM
3 Political Culture and Socialization
4 Public Opinion
5 African Americans and the Media
PART III COALITIONS, MOVEMENTS, INTEREST GROUPS, PARTIES, AND ELECTIONS
6 Social Movements and a Theory of African American Coalition Politics
7 Interest Groups
8 Political Parties
9 Voting Behavior and Elections
PART IV INSTITUTIONS
10 The Congress and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom
11 The Presidency, Bureaucracy, and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom
12 The Supreme Court and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom
13 State and Local Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom
14 Domestic Policy and the African American Quest for Social and Economic
15 The African American Quest for Universal Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy
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