Ethnic Voting Patterns Essay by The Research Group

Ethnic Voting Patterns
Discusses the evolution of electoral behavior, focusing on African-American voters and candidates. Examines theory, examples (Abraham Lincoln's election, 1960s-1970s non-presidential races), socioeconomics and religion.
# 22497 | 1,800 words | 7 sources | 1995 | US

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"Ethnicity plays a decisive role in elections involving black candidates, but a relatively minor role in elections involving white candidates. Studies originating from the time of Abraham Lincoln's election indicate that white immigrants generally vote along nationality lines only until they assimilate into the dominant culture. Once they acculturize themselves, their voting preferences reflect those of the population as a whole. Such is not the case for African Americans who, because of past discriminatory practices, still find themselves a distinct culture within the mainstream population.

Cavaioli (1992) indicates that group voting has come to dominate American politics and that a definite relationship exists between ethnicity and group voting practices. Group political activity, such as engaged in by interest groups, reaps ..."

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