The New South in State and Nation 1971–1976

Tim S. R. Boyd

in Georgia Democrats, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Shaping of the New South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037653
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042152 | DOI:
The New South in State and Nation 1971–1976

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This chapter describes how the “New South” party system developed in Georgia and throughout the region. By the time Jimmy Carter was elected president in 1976, the contours of party competition in the South had been established for the next generation. Although some Republicans were successful in winning elections in the South using “white backlash” appeals, most who tried to do so were defeated. Rather than “backlash Republicans” dominating southern politics, it was Democrats who stressed racial accommodation (including open praise of desegregation), education, and economic growth who were the most potent force in southern politics from the 1970s onward.

Keywords: New South; Jimmy Carter; Sam Nunn; white backlash

Chapter.  13846 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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