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2000

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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African-American Conservatism: A Longitudinal And Comparative Study, Angela K. Lewis May 2000

African-American Conservatism: A Longitudinal And Comparative Study, Angela K. Lewis

Doctoral Dissertations

The proposed research addresses the following questions: “Have African-Americans become more conservative over the last 25 years?” While numerous commentators have noted the existence of a Black conservative group, heretofore, none have attempted to document this phenomenon empirically. In fact, the question of whether conservatism has substantial support in the Black community remains unanswered (Welch & Combs, 85; Welch & Foster, 87; Randolph, 95). The purpose of this dissertation is to systematically address the preceding question through the use of the National Black Election Study (1984, 1988, & 1996) and the National Election Study.