cover of book
 

Going Home: Black Representatives and Their Constituents
by Richard F. Fenno
University of Chicago Press, 2003
Paper: 978-0-226-24131-9 | eISBN: 978-0-226-24132-6 | Cloth: 978-0-226-24130-2
Library of Congress Classification E185.615.F396 2003
Dewey Decimal Classification 328.73092396073

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | REVIEWS | TOC | REQUEST ACCESSIBLE FILE
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Thirty years ago there were nine African Americans in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today there are four times that number. In Going Home, the dean of congressional studies, Richard F. Fenno, explores what representation has meant—and means today—to black voters and to the politicians they have elected to office.

Fenno 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. He finds that while these politicians had different visions of how they should represent their districts (in part based on their individual preferences, and in part based on the history of black politics in America), they shared crucial organizational and symbolic connections to their constituents. These connections, which draw on a sense of "linked fates," are ones that only black representatives can provide to black constituents.

His detailed portraits and incisive analyses will be important for anyone interested in the workings of Congress or in black politics.

See other books on: 1949- | 1956- | Congress | Legislative Branch | United States. Congress
See other titles from University of Chicago Press

Reference metadata exposed for Zotero via unAPI.