Chapter

The Eyes of Texas

Sean P. Cunningham

in Cowboy Conservatism

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125763
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135441 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125763.003.0002
The Eyes of Texas

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V.O. Key (a political scientist) argued that the “changes of nine decades have weakened the heritage of southern traditionalism, revolutionized the economy, and made Texas more western than southern.” He also argued that trumping virtually all other issues in Texas was the persistent debate over the extent, scope, and role of government in shaping the economy. According to him, factions of conservatives and liberals, exemplified by colorful and powerful personalities, dominated the state's midcentury political culture, while most Texans based their own political behaviors upon the publicly constructed definitions ascribed to each personality, faction, and ideology.

Keywords: traditionalism; Texas; behavior; faction; ideology

Chapter.  11479 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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