African Americans and the Republican Party

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African Americans, the Tea Party, and the Republican Party September 6, 2011
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Teach for America A representative from the Teach for American program will give a brief presentation at the beginning of class.
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An Individual and an Institution (chapter 6) “The person that holds the highest office of the land is both an individual and an institution. As an individual , the president brings his unique personality, perspectives, leadership, and past electoral experiences to bear . As a key institutional player, the president must consider prior institutional precedents, partisan loyalties, and the long-term viability and credibility of the office in his decision-making.” page 79
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Presidential Duties Commander in Chief - Head of the U.S. Armed Forces Chief Executive – Head of the federal bureaucracy (governmental employees, executive agencies, cabinets) Chief Diplomat “Has the power to make treaties, executive agreements, and to appoint and receive foreign dignitaries .” The president must have to “advise and consent of the U.S. Senate.” Chief Legislator – Has the power to initiative and implement public policy and to give state of the union addresses every January. Head of State Represents the nation domestically and abroad, has the power to grant pardons and to nominate federal and Supreme Court judges .
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“The Most Proactive Executor of African American Civil Rights?” LBJ Three major federal laws: Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the most comprehensive civil rights bill prohibiting racial discrimination in the public and private sector. Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated the remaining barriers that kep African Americans and other minorities from full political participation. Civil Rights Act of 1968 banned housing discrimination In addition: Johnson nominated the first black U.S. Supreme Court member and created the war on poverty programs.
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Purpose of Political Parties (chapter 8) Organize elections (Recruit, develop, nominate and run candidates for elected office) Parties select the candidates that are the most qualified to run for office and help them with their campaigns . Develop political platforms Parties inform the electorate about their agenda, stances on issues, and leaders . Inform and connect with the electorate Parties use a variety of strategies to recruit new members (strengthen their base) .
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The name "Tea Party" refers to the Boston Tea Party of 1773 —a protest by American colonists against various acts by the British Government . The colonists felt disenfranchised because of their lack of representation in the British Parliament and resented the British government's efforts to control them (had to purchase tea from the British) . Tea Party protests have invoked
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course AFA 3930 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.

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