Legislators, Law, and Public Policy: Political Change in Mississippi and the South

Synopsis

This book evaluates Mississippi politics since the pivotal 1978 Connor v. Johnson decision, which replaced multi-member legislative districts with single-member districts. Coleman examines how, after Connor's arduous journey through the judicial system, the Mississippi legislature, formerly a stronghold of white, agrarian leadership, became a more representative, multi-racial body. Although Mississippi politics is the primary topic, Coleman demonstrates how it serves as a touchstone from which to view politics throughout the deep South and Black politics in general.