The Negro and Southern Politics: A Chapter of Florida History

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Bibliographical note

In this brief bibliography are listed those works that proved the most helpful to the author. For a general understanding of the position of the Negro in the South the following three books are especially recommended: Woodward Origins of the New South, Key's Southern Politics, and Myrdal An American Dilemma.

The scarcity of published accounts of Negro political activity in the South since the end of the white primary makes reliance on various primary sources not just a duty but a necessity. Much of the most useful material bearing on Florida--e.g. local Negro weekly newspapers, Negro voting league endorsement cards, and candidates' campaign literature--is of a fugitive sort and must be collected locally soon after an election. For following the general course of past state campaigns the daily newspaper accounts in the Florida Times-Union ( Jacksonville) and the Tampa Tribune proved particularly helpful. The recent political repercussions of the 1954 desegregation decision are summarized monthly in the Southern School News.

Figures on state and county registration of whites and "nonwhites" (over 99 per cent are Negro) in Florida are contained in the Biennial Report of the Secretary of State. Precinct figures can be obtained from county supervisors of registration. State and county election returns are published in pamphlet form by the Secretary of State shortly after each primary and general election. Precinct election returns, like registration figures, must be obtained from the local supervisors of registration or from newspaper accounts (which frequently do not include absentee ballots).

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