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Thirty years after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, whites remain resistant to the election of blacks to public office. This widespread resistance, Keith Reeves illustrates, can be explained in large part by election campaign appeals to whites' racial fears and sentiments. Through experimental studies, this book provides fresh empirical evidence that the issue of race still pervades the consciousness of American society and prevents blacks from winning elections in districts where whites comprise a majority of the electorate.
Keith Reeves is Assistant Professor of Public Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvrad University. A former Henry Luce Scholar, he graduated from Swarthmore College, attened Oxford University, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He was an expert witness in Hays v. Louisiana III, a Federal court challenge to the creation of Louisiana's 4th majority-black Congressional District.