The Evolving Politics of the South

Charles S. Bullock and Mark J. Rozell

in The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195381948
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Evolving Politics of the South

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The politics of every region in the United States has unique features, colorful characters, and interesting elections. It is the South, and only the South, however, that has become a topic of study, research, and teaching at many colleges and universities. Southern politics as a field of study can trace its origins to V. O. Key Jr. who published the seminal Southern Politics in State and Nation in 1949. Since then others have built on the first part of his work, which described the politics in each of the eleven states that formed the Confederate States of America. Neither Democrats nor Republicans had much organizational structure in the late 1940s, and Key devoted little attention to the parties, having noted the complete dominance of Democrats in each of the state articles. Although the region's politics had varied little over the three-quarters of a century prior to publication of Southern Politics, Key saw cracks that could bring down the carefully constructed edifice. He anticipated that how the region dealt with issues of party and race would determine the South's future.

Keywords: Southern politics; V. O. Key Jr.; Confederate States of America; organizational structure; race; party organization

Article.  11161 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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