Religious Conservatives and the Transformation of Southern Politics

Mark J. Rozell and Mark Caleb Smith

in The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Religious Conservatives and the Transformation of Southern Politics


This article describes and analyzes the modern origins, rise, and transformation of the Christian Right movement in the South. It aims to showcase how this movement at various periods has played a key role in politics and policy in the South, and how such developments have also impacted the nation. What began in the South as a fragmented and disorganized movement, widely dismissed as extremist, eventually grew and developed into a politically mature and sophisticated interest group in national politics. It is truly impossible to discuss the transformation of southern politics and its impact on the nation without an examination of the critical role played by the Christian Right.

Keywords: Christian Right movement; religious conservatives; southern politics; interest group; national politics

Article.  10005 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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