The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-02-17
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The unique political history of the Southern United States is rooted in the fact that it is the only region to have ever taken up arms against the national government. While the resources of the North prevailed after the four bloody years of the Civil War, the consequences of the practice of slavery and the bitter loss experienced by the South continue to shape southern politics a century and a half later. The twenty-three essays included in The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politicspresent a definitive view of the factors that contribute to this region's distinctive politics, examining these factors in the context of the South's political development since World War II. Following an introductory essay by editors Charles Bullock III and Mark Rozell, five chapters survey the past seventy-five years of the region's political history, looking in particular at the Civil Rights Movement, urbanization of the South, and the area's economy and changing demographics. Four chapters will then take a closer look at the influence of particular demographics, including religious conservatives, women, and Latinos. This will be followed by chapters on the rise of the Republican Party, southern political attitudes, and political and economic development in the Southern Black Belt. Subsequent chapters will examine political parties, voting and elections, including party organizations and activists, the mainstreaming of the Republican Party, realignment, party building, and Deep South politics. The five chapters of the final section will look at the South's impact on national politics, at the executive and congressional levels, legislatively and on the nation more generally.

Author Biography

Charles S. Bullock III is Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia.

Mark J. Rozell is Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University.

Table of Contents

About the Contributors
The Evolving Politics of the South
Demographics and Political Attitudes
Southern Politics at the Time of V. O. Key
The South's Changing Demographics
Urbanization of the South
The Southern Economy
Religious Conservatives and the Transformation of Southern Politics
Race, the Civil Rights Movement and Southern Politics
Women in Southern Politics
Buenas Dias, Y'all: Latinos in the South
Gerrymandering and the Republican Conversion of Southern State Legislatures
Southern Political Attitudes
Politics and Economic Development in the Southern Black Belt
Political Parties, Voting and Elections
Southern Party Organizations and Activists
The Republican Party in the American South: From Radical Fringe to Conservative Mainstream
Party Building in the South through Conversion
Minor Party Presidential Candidates and Southern Politics: A Regional Comparison
Deep South Politics: The Enduring Racial Division in National Elections
Southern Impact on State and National Politics
The Impact of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act on Southern Politics
Enforcing Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act
The South and Presidential Elections
Southern Influence in Congress
How the South Has Influenced the Nation
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