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The Mercedes and the Pine Tree

Natalie M. Davis

in Politics and Religion in the White South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123639
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123639.003.0012
The Mercedes and the Pine Tree

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This chapter examines the conflict between liberalism and conservatism in Alabama in terms of a metaphor, the Mercedes Culture versus the Pine Tree Culture. It predicts that the political party could be replaced by religion as the driving force in American politics. It suggests that this Mercedes and pine tree culture divides politics and it affects whether one is liberal or conservative. It also contends that this culture war has consequences and the most likely case for Alabama is that in the end, both cultures will lose.

Keywords: liberalism; conservatism; Alabama; Mercedes culture; pine tree culture; politics

Chapter.  5451 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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