Earl Black

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Earl Black (born 1942) is a professor of Political Science at Rice University who has specialized in studies of the politics of the Southern United States.

Earl Black earned a B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin in 1964 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1968. He has studied the relationship between politics and race or ethnicity in the South.

He and his twin brother, Merle Black, a professor of political science at Emory University, have written several books on the politics of the South and the United States as a whole. Their last book together is Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics (2008).


  • Politics and Society in the South, Harvard University Press, paperback 1989. ISBN 9780674689596
  • The Rise of Southern Republicans, Harvard University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-674-00728-X
  • Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics, 2008


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