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The Loneliness of the Black RepublicanPragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power$
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Leah Wright Rigueur

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159010

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159010.001.0001

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The Time of the Black Elephant

The Time of the Black Elephant

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(p.261) Chapter Seven The Time of the Black Elephant
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The Loneliness of the Black Republican
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Leah Wright Rigueur

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159010.003.0008

This chapter discusses how for African Americans, the events of the mid-1970s only served to reinforce an already contentious relationship with the Grand Old Party (GOP)—frustrations that were born out of the party's years of equivocation over issues of black concern. The GOP's extreme electoral woes with African Americans were rooted in Goldwater's enduring legacy. More than a decade later, black voters still held an image of a national party driven by states' rights advocates, white southern conservatives, anti-civil rights politicians, and wealthy elites who disdained the “common man.” The Washington Post observed that the Republican Party appeared to be a political machine engaged in constant antagonisms and reactionary battles and had done very little to dispel its negative identity with black communities.

Keywords:   African Americans, GOP, black concern, Goldwater, black voters, anti-civil rights, white southern conservatives, Republican Party

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