Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


Global and Sociocultural Studies

First Advisor's Name

Abraham D. Lavender

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Jerry Brown

Third Advisor's Name

Guillermo J. Grenier

Date of Defense



This study examined whether African Americans could consolidate political power through a migration into a specific state or set of states in sufficient numbers to establish a voting majority within that state. In order to examine the feasibility and efficacy of this strategy, a variety of factors were reviewed, including the historical context leading to the current situation; the political benefits to be derived from the control of a state; and the population and migration patterns of African Americans. The results indicated that this strategy could succeed in providing significant substantive and symbolic political benefits to the African American community, but could also have some negative repercussions.





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