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The South and the Transformation of U.S. Politics

Charles S. Bullock, Susan A. MacManus, Jeremy D. Mayer, and Mark J. Rozell


Analyzing and explaining the transformation of U.S. politics since the explosive events of 1968 requires particular attention to the South—the states of the former Confederacy. Indeed, a strong case can be made that the South has had the greatest impact on the transformation of U.S politics and government. Since 1968 we have seen the demise of the “sold (Democratic) South” and the rise of the Republican-dominated South, the rise of the largely southern white evangelical religious right movement, and vast demographic changes that have altered the political landscape of the region and national p ... More

Keywords: abortion, border states, Christian Right, Deep South, evangelical, faith-based politics, in-migration, Republican Party, Southern politics, Southern primary electorate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190065911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190065911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles S. Bullock, author
Richard B. Russell Chair in Political Science and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and University Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia

Susan A. MacManus, author
Distinguished University Professor, Department of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida

Jeremy D. Mayer, author
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University