Black Faces in the Mirror
African Americans and Their Representatives in the U.S. Congress
Here, Katherine Tate examines the significance of race in the U.S. system of representative democracy for African Americans. Presenting important new findings, she offers the first empirical study to take up the question of representation from both sides of the constituent-representative relationship. The first half of the book examines whether black members of the U.S. Congress represent their constituents differently than white members do. The second half looks at the issue of representation from the perspective of ordinary African Americans based on a landmark national survey. These findings are sure to generate controversy, particularly as debate commences over renewing the Voting Rights Act, which is set to expire in 2007.
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"An important new work. It contributes significantly to recent debates about the value of majority-minority congressional districts created in the 1990 redistricting, and to their impact upon descriptive, substantive, and symbolic representation.... Tate's sophisticated analysis will be read widely and avidly by public officials, graduate and undergraduate faculty and students, and political activists." - Dianne Pinderhughes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; "For a comprehensive treatment of African-American representation in Congress, this is the work to read." - David Mayheu author of America's Congress"