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Twists of FateMultiracial Coalitions and Minority Representation in the US House of Representatives$
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Vanessa C. Tyson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190250928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250928.001.0001

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Minority Voting Rights in Historical Context

Minority Voting Rights in Historical Context

(p.68) 3 Minority Voting Rights in Historical Context
Twists of Fate

Vanessa C. Tyson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 is devoted to detailing the long and complex history of racial minority participation and representation—or, indeed, lack thereof—in the US legislative process, from the Reconstruction period, through the nadir of the Jim Crow era, and then the post-World War II era, which was particularly marked by the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In addition a history of voting rights in the US, and changes in the racial makeup of the American voting populace, the chapter also offers a history of descriptive representation for communities of color in Congress since the adoption of the Fifteenth Amendment.

Keywords:   descriptive representation, voting rights, Jim Crow, civil rights, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus

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