Justin Peck

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Prior analyses of congressional action on the issue of black civil rights have typically examined either of the two major Reconstructions. Our paper attempts to fill the large five-decade black box between the end of the First Reconstruction and the beginning of the Second, routinely skipped over in scholarship on Congress, parties, and racial politics.(More)
Though theories of contemporary politics establish predicted empirical regularities, many underlying assumptions cannot be directly tested. However, critical moments in American political development offer opportunities to test these assumptions—and, by extension—the theories they support. We utilize one such historical moment to test existing theories of(More)
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