essay .................... by Seth C. McKee Not only is there diversity in the South; the region is also changing. Its rate of evolution may seem glacial, but fundamental shifts in the conditions underlying its politics are taking place. --V. O. Key, Southern Politics in State and Nation (1949) 1 By 1948, President Harry S. Truman recognized that the path to winning another term was through securing the votes of a burgeoning black electorate, and he openly courted northern black support and advanced the cause of civil rights. The 1948 election was a turning point in southern politics, because the Democratic Party split on the race issue. Truman, after returning to D.C. from a 1948 campaign trip, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. or decades, political scientists conducted election studies in which they singled out the American South because its politics was different. Generations of southern Democrats held office amidst a feeble Republican opposition, and, for many, more often than not there was no Republican challenger. During these days of the "Solid South," it seemed reasonable to omit the region from a political analysis because there was no point in studying a constant; Democratic electoral dominance
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Aug 13, 2012
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