The Nation: Why Carter Wins the Black Vote

His roots run deep and strong in Georgia redneck country. In Plains, his home town, blacks live in a section of their own and attend all-black churches. School integration came slowly, painfully and under duress. Yet in Democratic primaries this year in states as diverse as Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina, blacks have trooped to the polls and cast the largest share of their votes for Georgian Jimmy Carter. The phenomenon of blacks backing a Southern white reared in the Georgia backwoods is one of the most intriguing aspects of the campaign...

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