By Hanes Walton, Robert C. Smith

ISBN-10: 0205079911

ISBN-13: 9780205079919

Up-to-date in a brand new sixth version, American Politics and the African American Quest for common Freedom is a dynamic and comprehensive book from nationally popular scholars.  This book continues to illustrate the profound impression African american citizens have had -- and proceed to have -- on American politics. The authors express that during the quest for his or her personal freedom within the usa, African americans have universalized and extended the freedoms for all american citizens.

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28. William Freehling, "The Founding Fathers and Slavery," American Historical Review 77 (1972): 83. 29. Ibid. 30. Ibid. 31. See Joe R. Feagin, Racist America: Roots, Current Realities and Future Reparations (New York: Routledge, 2000): 16. 32. The Federalist Papers. Introduction by Clinton Kossiter (New York: New American Library, 1961):337. 33. Donald Robinson, "The Constitutional Legacy of Slavery," National Political Science Review 4 (1994):11. 34. , 2003). 35. See Leonard Richards, Slave Power (BatonRouge:Louisiana State UniversityPress,2000):42.

Arkansas and West Virginia have no clearly stated procedures for restoration. Three states require action by the governor, and most of the rest require action of the state pardon and parole boards o r local election commissions. Mississippi (which at 37 percent has the largest percentage black population of any state) is different. " Thus, in Mississippi it is more difficult for a citizen who has committed a crime to regain the right to vote than itis to impeach the president of the United States.

Professor Robinson cautions us, "One wants to be fair to the framers, and above all to avoid blaming them as individuals for the sins of the culture, in which we all share. " Fair enough. But Robinson continues, "At the same time, we must be lucid in recognizing the terrible mistakes made at the founding. "38 Or as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American justice of the Supreme Court, said in a speech in 1987 marking the 200th anniversary of the Constitution, ". . nor do I find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice exhibited by the framers particularly profound.

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