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Going HomeBlack Representatives and Their Constituents$
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Richard F. Fenno

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226241302

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226241326.001.0001

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Louis Stokes Postscript, 1998

Louis Stokes Postscript, 1998

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(p.178) Chapter 5 Louis Stokes Postscript, 1998
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Going Home
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226241326.003.0005

The most important fact about the intervening years was Louis Stokes's accumulated record in Congress. Stokes's representational strategy—to protect the group interests of the black community—was unchanged. In terms of substantive representation, his policy connections with his perceived constituency also remained unchanged. In the 1970s, the most troublesome of Stokes's trial-and-error representational negotiations had centered around the relationship between the organized black community and the white-dominated Democratic Party. His congressional achievements had won him added support among white voters, and in the intervening years, his connections with the white community had, by his account, improved. Still, they remained distant and nonessential to Stokes's survival.

Keywords:   Louis Stokes, black community, Democratic Party, representational strategy, congressional achievements

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