Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction

  title={Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction},
  author={J. Morgan Kousser},
Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction. By J. Morgan Kousser. (Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, c. 1999. Pp. xii, 590. Paper $29.95, ISBN 0-8078-4738-0; cloth, $65.00, ISBN 0-8078-2431-2.) Civil rights activists had a rough time trying to translate the principles of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into actual practice. Southern politicians had a genius for diluting the black vote--by "countermobilizing" previously… 

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  • K. Tate
  • Education
    American Political Science Review
  • 2003
Minority–majority districts are highly controversial. To assess the degree to which black positions on this controversial matter were well-thought-out and fixed, questions based on Sniderman and

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