David Duke and the Politics of Race in the South / Edition 1

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A thought-provoking examination of the constituencies and the impact of one of the most controversial political figures of our time. Journalists have thoroughly documented David Duke's rise to prominence in Louisiana politics, but until now, few intensive analyses of the Duke phenomenon have been undertaken. This new collection identifies the significant junctures of Duke's political career, from its earliest beginnings to his recent campaigns for governor, the Senate, and the Presidency. Through a variety of methods and approaches, the contributors to this work advance our understanding of what made this former Ku Klux Klan member a significant political force, and of how and why he very nearly succeeded in his attempts to gain higher office.
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Editorial Reviews

Nine studies provide rigorous political science perspectives on how the former Klansman rose to prominence in Louisiana politics and the national scene. They find that the racist politics in the Louisiana and the South of the 1950s and 1960s have traded their overalls for sharp suits and returned to vie for high office in the 1990s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826512666
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Kuzenski is Assistant Professor of Government at Southeastern Louisiana University. He has taught at the University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, and Vanderbilt University.

Charles S. Bullock III is Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia

Ronald Keith Gaddie is Research Assistant Professor in Environmental Politics

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Table of Contents

Part One: Backdrop to a Governor's Race
The Early Duke and Louisiana's Nonpartisan Electoral System
--John C. Kuzenski
Messenger or Message? David Duke in the Louisiana Legislature
--Keith Boeckelman, Willam Arp, III, and Bernard Terradot
David Duke and Social Science
--John K. Wildgen
Part Two: Duke and the Electorate
A Parish Profile of the David Duke Vote: Sociodemographic, Economic, and Voting Propensity Predictors
--Stephen Caldas and John Kilburn
David Duke and "Black Threat": An Old Hypothesis Revisited
--Michael W. Giles and Melanie Buckner
The Candidacy of David Duke as a Stimulus to Minority Voting
--Charles S. Bullock, III, Ronald Keith Gaddie, and John C. Kuzenski
Part Three: The Aftermath
The Downfall of David Duke? Duke, Republicans, and the Structure of Elections in Louisiana
--F. King, Douglas D. Rose, and Matthew Crozat
Race and the Republican Resurgence in the South: Success in Black and White?
--T. Wayne Parent
The White Knight Fades to Black: Duke and the 1992 Presidential Election
--Euel Elliott and Gregory S. Thielemann
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