Political Science | Black Pol Experience in the US
Y396 | 3431 | Hanks
This section is open to majors only.
This section COAS intensive writing section and also
requires registration in COAS W333.
This section p - at least junior standing
This course may be subject to slight changes.
This course examines the political development of African
Americans in the United States of America. Starting with the codification of
slavery and ending with an examination of the ramifications of a Collin
Powell candidacy, this course will provide a critical analysis of the theory
of black political empowerment, i.e., the notion that by gaining access to
the ballot, blacks would elect officials who would enact public policies
which would increase the socio-economic status of the African American
The major focus will be on various efforts to optimize black
political empowerment since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
This examination will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the
following: the origins of the theory of black political empowerment, the
impact of the Voting Rights Act, recent developments in black electoral
politics, black interest groups, political ideology, and ultimately an
examination of the viability of electoral politics as an agent of