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Introduction: Has the South Become Republican?

Glenn Feldman

in Painting Dixie Red

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036847
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036847.003.0001
Introduction: Has the South Become Republican?

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This introduction lays out the book's central themes: namely the question of whether or not the South has become a Republican stronghold where it was once Democratic. The chapter stresses the centrality of race in the South's realignment to the GOP. But it also recognizes the importance of religion, economics, and other factors. This chapter emphasizes the deep continuity and enduring import of cultural and ideological factors in the southern experience over the more cosmetic change of partisan realignment. The chapter also broaches the question of why it is southerners seem especially prone to allow a “politics of emotion” to distract plain people from pursuit of their more rational and class interests. Southern distinctiveness, regional exceptionalism, and the extremism of the modern Republican Party are also examined.

Keywords: Republican Party; Democratic Party; The South; Politics; Conservatism; Liberalism; Race and Civil Rights; Southern distinctiveness and exceptionalism; Cultural Continuity

Chapter.  8367 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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