By Hanes Walton, Robert C. Smith

This dynamic and entire textual content from nationally well known students maintains to illustrate the profound impact African american citizens have had -- and proceed to have -- on American politics. by using interrelated issues -- the belief of common freedom and the idea that of minority-majority coalitions -- the textual content demonstrates how the presence of Africans within the usa affected the founding of the Republic and its political associations and methods. The authors exhibit that throughout the quest for his or her personal freedom within the usa, African american citizens have universalized and multiplied the freedoms of all american citizens.

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In The Federalist Papers No. 10, James Madison, a man of little property himself, wrote, "The diversities in the faculties of men from which the rights of property origi­ nates is not less an insuperable obstacle to uniformity of interests. 40 How does government carry out its first object in a democratic society? The problem confronting the framers, stated simply, was this: In a democratic, capitalist society where only a minority has property but a majority has the right to vote, it is likely the majority will use its voting rights to threaten the property rights of the minority.

545. 8. Patterson, Freedom in the Making of Western Culture, pp. 3-5. 9. Foner, Reconstruction, p. 231. 10. Richard King, Civil Rights and the Idea of Freedom (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992): 26. 11. , pp. 26-28. 12. Herbert Aptheker, A Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States, vol. 1 (New York: Citadel Press, 1967): 1. 13. Harold Lasswell and Abraham Kaplan, Power and Society: A Framework for Political Inquiry (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1950): 26. 14. Robert Dahl, "The Concept of Power," Behavioral Science 2 (July1957): 201-15.

Patterson,"The Unholy Trinity," pp. 559-60. Patterson, in Freedom in the Making o f West­ ern Culture, contends that freedom is a uniquely Western value and that "almost never out­ side the context of western culture and its influence, has it [non-Western culture] included freedom. x). 7. Patterson, "The Unholy Trinity,"p. 545. 8. Patterson, Freedom in the Making of Western Culture, pp. 3-5. 9. Foner, Reconstruction, p. 231. 10. Richard King, Civil Rights and the Idea of Freedom (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992): 26.

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