shopping_cart
Ohio University Press · Swallow Press · www.ohioswallow.com

In the Balance of Power
Independent Black Politics and Third-Party Movements in the United States

By Omar H. Ali
Foreword by Eric Foner
Afterword by Jacqueline Salit

“Ali’s profound scholarship has finally given the disciplines of political science, history, sociology, and African American studies a holistic political portrait. It is a landmark work.”

National Political Science Review

In the Balance of Power makes important contributions to the field of third-party politics.“

Journal of African American History

“Captures the most important nuances of the ways that African Americans have fought for their own political and economic interests.”

Journal of African American Studies

“Ali shows that there are competing ideological traditions in black thought and that black voters will use other means to advance their interests when they are shut out by the two major parties.”

Journal of American Ethnic History

Reveals the multiple independent political tactics and strategies that African Americans have used to expand democracy and uphold civil and political rights since the founding of the nation.

This new edition of Ali’s groundbreaking narrative includes an epilogue by independent political analyst and leader Jacqueline Salit. New material addresses the historic presidencies of both Barack Obama and Donald Trump, as well as the rising tide of independent and anti-party sentiments.

Omar H. Ali is dean of Lloyd International Honors College and professor of global and comparative African diaspora history at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and was named the Carnegie Foundation North Carolina professor of the year.   More info →

Featured

Order a print copy

Paperback · $23.2 ·
Pre-Order

Retail price: $29.00 · Save 20% ($23.2)

Cover of In the Balance of Power

Share    Facebook icon  Email icon

Requests

Review Copy

This book is not yet available for desk or examination copy requests. Please check back soon.

Permission to reprint
Permission to photocopy or include in a course pack via Copyright Clearance Center

Formats

Paperback
978-0-8214-2434-6
Retail price: $29.00, S.
Release date: September 2020
1 illus. · 304 pages · 6 × 9 in.
Rights:  World

Electronic
978-0-8214-4726-0
Release date: September 2020
1 illus. · 304 pages
Rights:  World

Related Titles

Cover of 'The Bellwether'

The Bellwether
Why Ohio Picks the President
By Kyle Kondik

Every four years, Ohio finds itself in the thick of the presidential race. What about the Buckeye State makes it so special? In The Bellwether, Kyle Kondik, managing editor for the nonpartisan political forecasting newsletter Sabato’s Crystal Ball, blends data-driven research and historical documentation to explain Ohio’s remarkable record as a predictor of presidential results and why the state is essential to the 2016 election and beyond.

Elections · Politics · Ohio and Regional

Cover of 'The Public and Its Problems'

The Public and Its Problems
An Essay in Political Inquiry
By John Dewey
· Edited by Melvin L. Rogers
· Introduction by Melvin L. Rogers

With renewed interest in pragmatism and its implications for democracy in an age of mass communication, bureaucracy, and ever-increasing social complexities, Dewey’s The Public and Its Problems, first published in 1927, remains vital to any discussion of today’s political issues.

Political Science

Cover of 'The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission'

The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
A History, 1943–2013
By Phillip J. Obermiller and Thomas E. Wagner
· Foreword by Michael E. Maloney

In the summer of 1943, as World War II raged overseas, the United States also faced internal strife. Earlier that year, Detroit had erupted in a series of race riots that killed dozens and destroyed entire neighborhoods. Across the country, mayors and city councils sought to defuse racial tensions and promote nonviolent solutions to social and economic injustices.

Political Science | Civil Rights · American History, Midwest · Race and Ethnicity · Ohio and Regional · Ohio

Cover of 'Keep On Fighting'

Keep On Fighting
The Life and Civil Rights Legacy of Marian A. Spencer
By Dorothy H. Christenson
· Introduction by Mary E. Frederickson

Dot Christenson records the life story of remarkable leader, Marian Alexander Spencer, who joined the NAACP at thirteen and grew up to achieve a number of civic leadership firsts and a legacy of lasting civil rights victories.

Biography, African American · Biography, Activists · Biography, Women · Political Science | Civil Rights · American History · African American Studies · Ohio · Ohio and Regional

Sign up to be notified when new History | African American titles come out.

We will only use your email address to notify you of new titles in the subject area(s) you follow. We will never share your information with third parties.