American Politics and the African American Quest for by Hanes Walton, Robert C. Smith

By Hanes Walton, Robert C. Smith

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 effect African americans have had -- and proceed to have -- on American politics. The authors exhibit that during the quest for his or her personal freedom within the usa, African american citizens have universalized and improved the freedoms for all americans.

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545. 8. Patterson, Freedom in the Making of Western Culture, pp. 3-5. 9. Foner, Reconstruction, p. 231. 10. Richard King, Civil Rights and the Idea of Freedom (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992): 26. 11. , pp. 26-28. 12. Herbert Aptheker, A Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States, vol. 1 (New York: Citadel Press, 1967): 1. 13. Harold Lasswell and Abraham Kaplan, Power and Society: A Framework for Political Inquiry (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1950): 26. 14. Robert Dahl, "The Concept of Power," Behavioral Science 2 (July1957): 201-15.

2 Continued contend it is unconstitutional because it extends the power of the federal government into an area reserved to the states. However, in 2005 two states took actions to restore voting rights to felons. e aHanes Walton, Jr. and Simone Green. "Voting Rights and the Million Man March: The Problem of Restoration of Voting Rights for Ex-Convicts/Felons,"African American Research Perspectives 3 (Winter 1997): 68-74. I t is estimated that 13 per­ cent of black men compared t o less than 2 percent of white men have lost the right t o vote as a result of felony convictions, including 32 percent of the African American men in Alabama, 3 1 percent in Florida, and 29 percent in Mississippi.

Under the plan, the Congress would have unlimited powers to "legislate in all cases to which the separate states are incompetent . . "7 In other words, the Congress was to have unlimited powers, including the power to "negative"or veto acts of the state legislatures. The Virginia Plan was rejected by the convention on several grounds. A major rea­ son, however, was that the southern slaveholding states feared that a unitary government with the power to "negative all laws passed by the states" might interfere with their wish to maintain slavery.

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