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Chapter 5: The Majority Black District I. The Voting Rights Act of 1964 has for the first time created majority black congressional and state legislative districts. The number of majority black districts in the South has gone from zero in 1970 to sixteen following the 1990 redistricting. II. These majority black districts are located in many places where race has pervaded politics in the past. Chapter 5 discusses an election that took place in 1993 and prior events that shaped its outcome. Mississippi’s 2 nd district is where the action took place and the 2 nd is made up of the Jackson Metropolitan area, the city of Vicksburg, and the majority black Claiborne and Jefferson counties. By some measures, the 2 nd is the second poorest congressional district in the nation. The passage of the Voting Rights Act should have increased black power in the region, but it did not. III. In the election of 1982, a black Democratic state senator, Robert Clark, made some headway in the election process against a white Democrat turned
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2010 for the course GOV 335N taught by Professor Karch during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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glaser5 - Chapter 5: The Majority Black District I. The...

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