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Posted June 27, 2013
Fantastic historical perspective on the evolution of the New Deal, particularly the role of southern legislators. Makes you better realize the poignancy of LBJ's statement that the south would reject the democratic party for a generation or more after the passage of the civil rights bill.
The south was not alone in discriminatory pratices, but the ingrained nature in the belief of racial superiority of southerners is brought out in this scholarly tome. One can easily see echoes of the old south in today's unified southern voting bloc stressing state's rights, promoting voter ID hurtles, anti-unionism, etc. See Paula Dean and Trent Lott's recent comments in recent years.
Great historical read.
Some of the language is 'high falutin', but the degree of scholarship displayed is impressively thorough and enlightening.
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