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Going Home: Black Representatives and Their Constituents

Richard F. Fenno

Abstract

Thirty years ago there were nine African Americans in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today there are four times that number. This book explores what representation has meant—and means today—to black voters and to the politicians they have elected to office. It follows the careers of four black representatives—Louis Stokes, Barbara Jordan, Chaka Fattah, and Stephanie Tubbs Jones—from their home districts to the halls of the Capitol. The author finds that while these politicians had different visions of how they should represent their districts (in part based on their individual preferences, ... More

Keywords: African Americans, House of Representatives, United States, Louis Stokes, Barbara Jordan, Chaka Fattah, Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226241302
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226241326.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard F. Fenno, author