New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:
Helms & Hunt: The North Carolina Senate Race, 1984, by William Snider. The author describes a ‘southern-fried political brawl’ between incumbent senator Jesse Helms and former North Carolina governor James Hunt, a campaign which incorporated old style tactics and the most current electronic campaign techniques of the time. At $22 million it was the costliest Senate race yet.
Race and Politics in North Carolina, 1972-1901: The Black Second, by Eric Anderson. Focusing on North Carolina’s second congressional district, this book tells the history of a period for black Americans that spanned emancipation’s time of hope to a time disenfranchisement. The author also reveals how the “black second” produced effective black leaders in public office.
Rumor, Repression and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected officials Shaed Post-Civil Rights America, by George Musgrove. With the prospect of displacement for white elected officials and political organizations that ruled African American communities, the author describes the history of white resistance to African Americans seeking self determination through electoral politics.
The Southern Political Tradition, by Michael Perman. Examining procedural mechanisms such as the three-fifths clause, redistricting, nullification, and filibuster, the author examines over 2 centuries of distinctive southern politics. The book explains how a determined southern minority used parliamentary and constitutional maneuvers to ward of federal intrusion, maintain sectional and racial interests, and retain political power.
Library materials are available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.