From Yellow Dog Democrats to Red State Republicans: Florida and Its Politics since 1940

From Yellow Dog Democrats to Red State Republicans: Florida and Its Politics since 1940

From Yellow Dog Democrats to Red State Republicans: Florida and Its Politics since 1940

From Yellow Dog Democrats to Red State Republicans: Florida and Its Politics since 1940

Synopsis

"A masterful study of Florida politics."--Gary R. Mormino, author of Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams

In this sweeping overview of modern Florida politics, Colburn challenges the country's preconceived notions of the Sunshine State's political leanings. [It] is the result of a lifetime of observing and analyzing a once small and rural state that has transformed itself, in less than fifty years, into a political powerhouse and national weathervane."--Governor Reubin O'D. Askew

A solid piece of scholarship and a comprehensive survey of state politics over the past sixty-five years deserving of a place on the bookshelf of any thoughtful Floridian, or non-Floridian, concerned about the past, present and future of the state."-- Florida Historical Quarterly

Places Florida's gubernatorial politics since 1940 in the context of the state's remarkable cultural, economic, and demographic transformation. Recommended."-- Choice

Concise, insightful, and readable."-- St. Petersburg Times

An insightful analysis of how the Democrats lost--and the GOP gained--the most important swing state in the nation."--Cynthia Barnett, author of Mirage

Excerpt

On election night in 2000, CBS television news anchor Dan Rather sounded lyrical as he announced, “Florida is the whole deal, the real deal, a big deal.” in this remarkably close presidential election, Florida stood at its epicenter; only hours earlier, the state’s diverse population of seniors, immigrants, and migrants had dutifully gone to the polls and cast ballots that would determine the next president of the United States. Almost lost in the gnashing of teeth about the election outcome was Florida’s new national prominence, which had resulted from its stunning population growth and diversity in the previous thirty years. Floridians may have made the presidential election of 2000 more unusual than it needed to be, but no one could dismiss the state’s remarkable ascendancy to a position of leadership among the states and to its place as a microcosm of the nation in the twenty-first century.

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