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City SonAndrew W. Cooper's Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn$
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Wayne Dawkins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032585

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032585.001.0001

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. Cooper versus Power

. Cooper versus Power

(p.48) 5. Cooper versus Power
City Son

Wayne Dawkins

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the suit filed by Andrew W. Cooper against New York political leaders on June 23, 1966, in U.S. District Court (Eastern) in Brooklyn. The suit aimed to prevent an election in black Brooklyn until the congressional district lines were redrawn. Cooper alleged that New York State leaders had disenfranchised African Americans. Unlike the South, where black citizens were rebuffed through threats of violence, intimidation, or chicanery such as poll taxes and “intelligence tests,” northern power brokers diluted black New Yorker’s voting power.

Keywords:   Andy Cooper, lawsuits, New York power brokers, Brooklyn, elections, congressional district lines

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