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Why did the Democrats Lose the South? Bringing New Data to an Old Debate
"After generations of loyalty, Southern whites left the Democratic party en masse in the second half of the twentieth century. To what extent did Democrats' 1960s Civil Rights initiatives trigger this exodus, versus Southern economic development, rising political polarization or other trends that made the party unattractive to Southern whites? The lack of data on racial attitudes and political preferences spanning the 1960s Civil Rights era has hampered research on this central question of American political economy. We uncover and employ such data, drawn from Gallup surveys dating back to 1958. From 1958 to 1961, conservative racial views strongly predict Democratic identification among Southern whites, a correlation that disappears after President Kennedy introduces sweeping Civil Rights legislation in 1963. We find that defection among racially conservative whites explains all (three-fourths) of the decline in relative white Southern Democratic identification between 1958 and 1980 (2000). We offer corroborating quantitative analysis—drawn from sources such as Gallup questions on presidential approval and hypothetical presidential match-ups as well as textual analysis of newspapers—for the central role of racial views in explaining white Southern dealignment from the Democrats as far back as the 1940s."
politics  political-science  democrats  republicans  conservatism  the-south  racism  history 
december 2015 by tsuomela
Conservative Southern Values Revived: How a Brutal Strain of American Aristocrats Have Come to Rule America | Visions | AlterNet
The rich are different now because the elites who spent four centuries sucking the South dry and turning it into an economic and political backwater have now vanquished the more forward-thinking, democratic Northern elites. Their attitudes towards freedom, authority, community, government, and the social contract aren't just confined to the country clubs of the Gulf Coast
the-south  politics  history  america  partisanship  slave  morality  conservative  values  american  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
In 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga, known as the "Gateway to the Deep South." The Confederates were victorious at nearby Chickamauga in September. However, renewed fighting in Chattanooga that November provided Union troops victory and control of the city.
civil-war  history  the-south  state(Tennessee)  park  national-parks  19c  american-studies 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Mickey, R.: Paths Out of Dixie: The Democratization of Authoritarian Enclaves in America's Deep South.
"The transformation of the American South--from authoritarian to democratic rule--is the most important political development since World War II. It has re-sorted voters into parties, remapped presidential elections, and helped polarize Congress. Most important, it is the final step in America's democratization. Paths Out of Dixie illuminates this sea change by analyzing the democratization experiences of Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina."
book  publisher  american  the-south  history  political-science  20c  civil-rights 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Realignment In Progress-However Ugly It Looks
A key factor in both cases was a weak party system, which lent itself to an entrepreneurial kind of politics, with each candidate, each election standing on its own, putting a premium on money over people, and symbolism and entertainment over substance and information. The one-party system of the Old South, Cocrhane argued, functioned more like a no-party system.
american  politics  political-science  realignment  partisanship  party  history  the-south 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Atticus Finch and Southern liberalism : The New Yorker
Did Atticus Finch just substitute class prejudice for racial prejudice?
book  review  race  the-south  history  america  literature  racism  criticism 
september 2009 by tsuomela

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