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The Loneliness of the Black RepublicanPragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power$
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Leah Wright Rigueur

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159010

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159010.001.0001

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Exorcising the Ghost of Richard Nixon

Exorcising the Ghost of Richard Nixon

(p.177) Chapter Five Exorcising the Ghost of Richard Nixon
The Loneliness of the Black Republican

Leah Wright Rigueur

Princeton University Press

This chapter explains how the appearance of grass-roots black Republican groups was far from unconventional; a spirit of self-determination had buttressed the formation of the National Negro Republican Assembly (NNRA) in 1964. But autonomy, political influence, and growth—the objective goals for most, if not all, black Republican groups—simply was not the reality, as most splinter organizations deteriorated just as quickly as they had risen. The NNRA was reduced to a passing biographical reference by 1969, as most members shifted their political energies elsewhere, while the group's successor, the National Council of Concerned Afro-American Republicans (NCCAAR), disbanded a year after its launch, as a result of infighting and lack of funds.

Keywords:   black Republican groups, NNRA, autonomy, political influence, NCCAAR, National Negro Republican Assembly, Afro-American Republicans

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