Bitter Fruit

Black Politics and the Chicago Machine, 1931-1991

William J. Grimshaw

Bitter Fruit
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William J. Grimshaw

262 pages | 1 map, 14 tables, 7 figures | 6 x 9 | © 1992
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9780226308944 Published May 1995
William Grimshaw offers an insider's chronicle of the tangled relationship between the black community and the Chicago Democratic machine from its Great Depression origins to 1991. What emerges is a myth-busting account not of a monolithic organization but of several distinct party regimes, each with a unique relationship to black voters and leaders.
Pt. 1: Theoretical Perspective
1: A New Perspective on Machine Politics and Black Politics
2: Revisiting the Classics
Pt: 2 Formation and Realignment
3: The Black Democratic Realignment: Socioeconomic Needs and Racial
4: Structure and Power: The "Boss" Dawson Myth
Pt. 3: Maturation and Decline
5: Daley's Black Machine: The Productivity-Patronage Contradiction
6: The Movement and the Machine: The Cultural Limits of Political Power
Pt. 4: Transformations
7: The Daley Legacy: From Machine Politics to Racial Politics
8: Harold Washington: Reform Mayor, Black Messiah
9: Machine Politics, Reform Style
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