Electoral Politics and Class Struggle: Democracy Under Attack in West Alabama

Fishman, Walda Katz; Scott, Jerome
November 1986
Humanity & Society;Nov86, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p469
Academic Journal
Struggles of Afro-American workers, particularly in the South, for social and economic equality are at the cutting edge of social motion in the U.S. in the 1980's. Twenty two years after passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, their continuing fight for full voting rights, the essence of bourgeoisie democracy, in the Black Belt of West Alabama has begun to strain the political organizations and political control of the bourgeoisie. Economically, politically and socially the black and, therefore, white working class residents of the Black Belt region in south of Alabama, have been denied their basic rights guaranteed under the United States constitution and Bill of Rights, for example the right to vote, to free assembly, to petition the government, to distribute leaflets, to picket peacefully. The degree to which labor is exploited continues to he greater in Black Belt than in the south as a whole and greater in the south than in rest of the United States.


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