Civic Engagement

In Anticipation of November 2: Black Voters and Candidates and the 2010 Midterm Elections

This analysis provides a brief review of the potential role of black voters and candidates in the 2010 Midterms. In particular, it examines some past midterm elections where a strong black turnout had a very material effect on various election outcomes. Black voters are strategically situated in 2010 to have a major impact provided an effort is made to get them to polls on November 2.

 

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The Oneness of Twoness: The Promise and Challenge of Racial Equality

Opportunities for African Americans have multiplied even as polarization lingers.

Obama and the Burden of Race

In the United States and around the world, the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States was a landmark achievement.  Obama's success can be traced in part to his own exceptional qualities as a candidate, as well a tide of anti-Republican sentiment in the waning days of the Bush administration burdened with the War in Iraq and failing economy.

A Complete and Accurate Count in the 2010 Census

The upcoming decennial census will have an enormous impact on political representation and allocation of government funding.

Barack Obama The First Black President

Though few of us had ever predicted it would happen in our lifetimes, the United states now has an African American President---the son of a black Kenyan and a white Kansan.

Blacks and the 2008 Elections: A Preliminary Analysis

This analysis is a brief review of some available evidence regarding the November 4, 2008 election. In particular, this review focuses on the election of President-elect Barack Obama, the behavior and significance of African American voters in the 2008 elections and the profiles of black candidates for federal office.

 

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Publication date: December 2008

2008 National Opinion Poll

The 2008 Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies National Opinion Poll is a national survey of 750 African American adults, conducted between September 16 and October 6, 2008. The survey's questions cover a range of topics including politics of the 2008 election and various issues, including education.

 

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Blacks and the 2008 Republican National Convention

This guide discusses the range of participation by African Americans in the Republican Party, the geographic and partisan dimensions of the black vote in recent years, and black voters' attitudes toward many issues that may be significant in the fall campaign. Detailed statistical tables and a discussion of the 2008 Republican National Convention's black delegates and alternates make this guide a must-have resource for reporters, convention participants and scholars alike.

Blacks and the 2008 Democratic National Convention

This guide discusses the range of participation by African Americans in the Democratic Party, the geographic and partisan dimensions of the black vote in recent years, and black voters' attitudes toward many issues that may be significant in the fall campaign. Detailed statistical tables and a discussion of the 2008 Democratic National Convention's black delegates and alternates make this guide a must-have resource for reporters, convention participants and scholars alike.

Harrison Testifies on Reducing the Census Undercount

Testimony of Roderick Harrison, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies on July 10, 2008, before the Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee, Oversight and Government Reform Committee, U.S. House of Representatives.

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