Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)


School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. William H. Boone


An important characteristic of contemporary research on black political participation in the United States has been its emphasis on black electoral behavior. Few studies, however, have examined in detail the impacts of political structure on black electoral behavior or the influences of the Good Government Movement, known as Progressive Reform, in the south on black politics. This study examines black politics in the Second Congressional District in North Carolina. The purpose of the study is to examine how black political activity is influenced by government structure on the local, state and congressional levels. Case studies were conducted of two congressional campaigns in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and one state senate campaign in 1985. Each candidate was interviewed along with representatives from four black political organizations in the study area. These case studies reveal several points regarding black politics in the Second Congressional District andhow structure, particularly the Second Primary Run-off, effects black candidates. By the same token, race is still an important concern in elections in the study area.