Southern Political Attitudes

David A. Breaux and Stephen D. Shaffer

in The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Southern Political Attitudes


There are theoretical reasons to expect that southerners have more politically conservative attitudes than Americans living in other regions of the nation. Daniel J. Elazar proposed a theory of political culture based on religious denomination and migration patterns that sought to predict political practices in each American state. His theory pointed out that Anglo-Saxons who settled in the South sought individual opportunity through a plantation-based economic and political system where plantation owners were the rulers and African Americans were forced into slave labor. This traditionalistic political culture promoted such conservative values as protection of the existing social order; an unwillingness to initiate any government programs except those serving the economic, political, and social elites; and very limited public participation in politics and government.

Keywords: political attitude; political culture; religious denomination; migration; Anglo-Saxons; social order; social elites

Article.  9422 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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