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The Rise of Southern Republicans [Download] ➼ The Rise of Southern Republicans By Earl Black – Thomashillier.co.uk The transformation of Southern politics over the past fifty years has been one of the most significant developments in American political life The emergence of formidable Republican strength in the pr The transformation of Southern politics over the past of Southern PDF Å fifty years has been one of the most significant developments in American The Rise Epub / political life The emergence of formidable Republican strength in the previously solid Democratic South has generated a novel and highly competitive Rise of Southern eBook ✓ national battle for control of Congress Tracing the slow and difficult rise of Republicans in the South over five decades, Earl and Merle Black tell the remarkable story of political upheaval The Rise of Southern Republicans provides a compelling account of growing competitiveness in Southern party politics and elections Through extraordinary research and analysis, the authors track Southern voters shifting economic, cultural, and religious loyalties, black white conflicts and interests during and after federal civil rights intervention, and the struggles and adaptations of congressional candidates and officialsA newly competitive South, the authors argue, means a newly competitive and revitalized America The story of how the South became a two party region is ultimately the story of two party politics in America at the end of the twentieth century Earl and Merle Black have written a bible for anyone who wants to understand regional and national congressional politics over the past half century Because the South is now at the epicenter of Republican and Democratic strategies to control Congress, The Rise of Southern Republicans is essential to understanding the dynamics of current American politics.


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  1. Scott Scott says:

    The Black brothers have assembled a mountain of data to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the presnt day Republican party is the historical extension of the Democrat party as it existed before the 1960s In effect, the party of Lincoln is now occupied by a great number of southerners whose natural inclination is to resist classic Republican federalism, except as regards military preparedness Moreover, the Blacks make their case without the kind of harsh judgment one might expect from two aca The Black brothers have assembled a mountain of data to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the presnt day Republican party is the historical extension of the Democrat party as it existed before the 1960s In effect, the party of Lincoln is now occupied by a great number of southerners whose natural inclination is to resist classic Republican federalism, except as regards military preparedness Moreover, the Blacks make their case without the kind of harsh judgment one might expect from two academics The Blacks really like the modern Republican party, even while conceding that its roots are the conservative Democrat reaction against Civil Rights The Blacks also sincerely appreciate southern sensibilities Without losing their cool by the numbers analysis, the Blacks never try to hide their affection for Jacksonian folkways They tell a fascinating story of transformation within the two party system, one that may end with both parties exchanging their demographic territories as well as their core values


  2. Frank Stein Frank Stein says:

    Earl and Merle Black are right that the rise of Republicans in the American South is the consequential political shift of the 20th century After all, the 11 states of the old Confederacy include almost 90 million people, about a third of all Americans, and have been growingrapidly than the rest of the country since the 1960s Yet before 1961, when Senator John Tower of Texas was elected to replace Lyndon Johnson, the Republicans hadn t had a Southern senate seat in that century, and they Earl and Merle Black are right that the rise of Republicans in the American South is the consequential political shift of the 20th century After all, the 11 states of the old Confederacy include almost 90 million people, about a third of all Americans, and have been growingrapidly than the rest of the country since the 1960s Yet before 1961, when Senator John Tower of Texas was elected to replace Lyndon Johnson, the Republicans hadn t had a Southern senate seat in that century, and they usually pulled less than 10% of House races mostly in the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, and western Virginia, or the Ozarks of Arkansas Beginning in that era, however, they grew to became the dominant party.Of course, race was essential in that shift, but not quite in the way everybody assumes Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater s 1964 campaign ran strongest in the Deep South, due to his political opposition to Civil Rights, but this was not the constituency of most congressional Republicans Southern republicans tended, like their Northern counterparts, to be wealthier than the average, and less inclined to outright racism than the Southern working class Goldwater or George Wallace voter Republicans were also muchlikely to win in the Peripheral South especially Texas and Florida where race questions were less pressing than the deep South, and they tended to win in thecosmopolitan urban districts, rather than the rural and oftenracist districts that the conservative Democrats dominated up until the 1990s Yet many Republicans of the time allied with whites upset about Northern Democratic positions on race, as well as other issues, and occasionally exploited that sentiment openly like in the cases of North Carolina s Jessie Helms Southern House elections in the period 1961 to 1981 were always dominated by incumbents, which constituted 87% of all elections These incumbents of both parties won over 90% of the time, so Republicans had a hard time breaking into the Solid South Of the open seats in that era, however, Republicans only won about a third, slightly lower in the Deep South and slightly higher in the Peripheral South They usually won with narrow victories, unlike Democratic landslides In the 1980s they secured 39% of all open seats The Senate was slightly different, with victory rates in open seats going from 29% in the 60s and 70s to 60% in the 1980s But still, even in those years, Republicans were only about a third of the House and 40% of the Senate One thing holding them back was that Democrats, even former or continuing segregationists, received over 80% of the black vote, even as they moved sharply to the right in the 1970s on non racial issues Yet the push of the national Democratic party and the need to hold on to coveted Democratic committee seats pulled many white Southern Democrats back to the center by the 1980s, and even to the left of the national party by the 1990s As Southern Democrats moved left, that openedandroom for conservative Republicans to capture their spots, finally getting a majority of Southern seats in 1994, after a series of redistrictings demanded by the Voting Rights Act, which concentratedblacks in minority majority districts In that year, the domination of Southerners in the House and Senate Gingrich, Armey and Delay in the House and Trent Lott, Thad Cochran and Connie Mack in the Senate pushed the whole party closer to the South It was only in 1996 that Southern Republicans out polled Northern Republicans, and only in 1998 that the Republicans actually became a minority party in the North again after being that way for most of the postwar period , even while expanding their lead in the South.The book goes into detail on a lot of individual Senators and Senate races It explains how Democrat former segregationist Fritz Hollings of SC served with Sen Strom Thurmond of SC for almost the whole of their 30 plus years from the mid 1960s, with Fritz becoming increasingly liberal as time went on even as Thurmond stayed conservative It describes how arch segregationist Democrat Herman Talmadge of GA lost a close election in 1980 to the former Air Force officer and Northern carpetbagger Republican Mike Mattingly a large number of Southern Republicans were actually from the North or West, like Gingrich, Armey, Mack, and, of course George H.W Bush , but how Mattingly had trouble holding his new seat, and lost after his second term to a one term Democrat, Wynche Fowler, who then lost to the anodyne Republican Paul Coverdell Like many Southern seats, Georgia s went back and forth for decades after 1960.The book was written in 2002, so it still emphasizes the fact that the South is a competitive area after decades of Solid South Democratic rule This is less true today, but the South still electsDemocrats in the House and Governors races than many think The main problem with this book, however, is that it doesn t know when to stop throwing up unenlightening charts or repeated stats It s an insightful look overall, but could have been just as insightful with half the pages


  3. Bookworm Bookworm says:

    Had been very excited to read about this given the discussions, streotypes, conversations about the US South, etc The realignment, the political shifts, etc It seemed like a good read The negative reviews are on target I had thought this would be a chronological read of the political shifts in the South but instead it takes it by theme instead various eras, states, etc There s a lot of data and honestly the text is occasionally downright unreadable I think the book is likely best when use Had been very excited to read about this given the discussions, streotypes, conversations about the US South, etc The realignment, the political shifts, etc It seemed like a good read The negative reviews are on target I had thought this would be a chronological read of the political shifts in the South but instead it takes it by theme instead various eras, states, etc There s a lot of data and honestly the text is occasionally downright unreadable I think the book is likely best when used in conjunction of a class with other supplemental readings, lectures, to help make this make sense.As others say, the book could also be a lot shorter I was thinking that it would make for an excellent long magazine read or short series or Ted Talk, but it s not quite right for a book like this.It s a pity, because this is a good and important topic I look forward to reading other sources on this Library borrow is best


  4. Robert Robert says:

    Read some of it for POLI 4039.


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