Historical Lynchings and the Contemporary Voting Behavior of Blacks
- American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (Forthcoming)
This paper analyzes the extent to which the political participation
of blacks can be traced to historical lynchings that took place from
1882 to 1930. Using county-level voter registration data, I show
that blacks who reside in southern counties that experienced a relatively higher number of historical lynchings have lower voter registration rates today. This relationship holds after accounting for a
variety of historical and contemporary characteristics of counties.
There exists evidence of the persistence of cultural voting norms
among blacks yet this relationship does not exist for whites.
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