African American Political Participation in the United States




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African American political behavior is a puzzling thing some days. Their still sometimes differential status creates seemingly unexplainable behavior. This dissertation explores three interesting concepts in the political participation of African Americans. The first paper explores the effect of two factors of alienation on voting behavior. The results show that voters that mistrust the government are more likely to vote than those with more trust in the government. The second paper is a qualitative look into African Americans who choose to veer from the assumed norm in African American party identification. Why does a small, faithful pocket of Blacks continue to identify as Republicans versus Democrats? Their own words will speak to their choices regarding the party choice, important issues facing their community, the pressure to be a Democrat, and why Republican outreach to African Americans is an epic failure. The third paper examines the effects of alternative political participation on voting behavior for African Americans. Does engaging in protest behavior increase the likelihood of voting? The research indicates that not only does protest increase voting, but signing a petition is an even stronger indicator of whether one will cast a vote or not.



African Americans, Voting research


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