The Transformation of Southern Politics: Social Change and Political Consequence since 1945

The Transformation of Southern Politics: Social Change and Political Consequence since 1945

The Transformation of Southern Politics: Social Change and Political Consequence since 1945

The Transformation of Southern Politics: Social Change and Political Consequence since 1945

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V. O. Key was prophetic when he wrote in Southern Politics in State and Nation, published in 1949, that "of books about the South there is no end." Virtually every book written since then on the subject of southern politics has used the classic work of Key and his collaborator, Alexander Heard, as a starting point. Key's political insights and analysis of the electoral process, as well as his appreciative ear for the telling anecdote and the pungent phrase, will make his work worth reading long after the facts and personalities he described have faded from memory.

The core of the research for Key's book consisted of field interviews throughout the 11 states of the old Confederacy—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia—and analyses of voting returns, historical trends, and demographic data.

Our book was written in the belief that the changes in the South since Key completed his classic work were such that only a similar approach, using his basic methodology of extensive interviewing in all 11 states, could present a comprehensive political portrait of the region as it enters the last quarter of the twentieth century.

The first three chapters provide a background to and an overview of the transformation of southern politics, treat the Republican emergence, the development of a two-party system, and the effect of the "southern strategy"; and explain the development of black politics. They are followed by chapters on each of the 11 states, arranged in alphabetical order. Most of the state chapters include sections that deal specifically with Republican development and with black politics, supplementing the introductory chapters on those subjects. The next two chapters ex-

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