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Resegregation of Southern Politics

Matthew T. Corrigan

in Race, Religion, and Economic Change in the Republican South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780813031606
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039251 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031606.003.0003
Resegregation of Southern Politics

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This chapter begins with a discussion of why race is still paramount in the social and political lives of Southerners. It argues that race still matters in politics in Jacksonville and in the South because race matters in everything else in the South. The combination of different histories and different economic positions permeates the political atmosphere and makes it almost inevitable that most whites and most blacks are split into two political parties. This partisan split provided new political choices for Jacksonville voters, but it also created a political dynamic in which racial and economic disparities became difficult to address. The chapter examines this partisan split and its consequences. This is followed by a discussion of how the partisan breakdown of Jacksonville residents reflects the racial makeup of the South as a whole.

Keywords: South; political structure; Jacksonville; presidential elections; race; partisan split

Chapter.  10500 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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