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Black Votes Count: Political Empowerment in Mississippi After 1965

Frank R. Parker


Most Americans see the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as the culmination of the civil rights movement. When the law was enacted, black voter registration in Mississippi soared. Few black candidates won office, however. This book describes black Mississippians' battle for meaningful voting rights, bringing the story up to 1986, when Mike Espy was elected as Mississippi's first black member of Congress in this century. To nullify the impact of the black vote, white Mississippi devised a political “massive resistance” strategy, adopting such disenfranchising devices as at-large election ... More

Keywords: Voting Rights Act, Mississippi, civil rights movement, black voter registration, black Mississippians, Mike Espy, black vote, resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780807842744
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807869697_parker


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank R. Parker, author