In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution

In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution

by Joseph Crespino
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691140944

ISBN-13: 9780691140940

Pub. Date: 02/23/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In the 1960s, Mississippi was the heart of white southern resistance to the civil-rights movement. To many, it was a backward-looking society of racist authoritarianism and violence that was sorely out of step with modern liberal America. White Mississippians, however, had a different vision of themselves and their country, one so persuasive that by 1980 they had

Overview

In the 1960s, Mississippi was the heart of white southern resistance to the civil-rights movement. To many, it was a backward-looking society of racist authoritarianism and violence that was sorely out of step with modern liberal America. White Mississippians, however, had a different vision of themselves and their country, one so persuasive that by 1980 they had become important players in Ronald Reagan's newly ascendant Republican Party.

In this ambitious reassessment of racial politics in the deep South, Joseph Crespino reveals how Mississippi leaders strategically accommodated themselves to the demands of civil-rights activists and the federal government seeking to end Jim Crow, and in so doing contributed to a vibrant conservative countermovement. Crespino explains how white Mississippians linked their fight to preserve Jim Crow with other conservative causes—with evangelical Christians worried about liberalism infecting their churches, with cold warriors concerned about the Communist threat, and with parents worried about where and with whom their children were schooled. Crespino reveals important divisions among Mississippi whites, offering the most nuanced portrayal yet of how conservative southerners bridged the gap between the politics of Jim Crow and that of the modern Republican South.

This book lends new insight into how white Mississippians gave rise to a broad, popular reaction against modern liberalism that recast American politics in the closing decades of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691140940
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/23/2009
Series:
Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables ix
Abbreviations xiii
Acknowledgments xv
INTRODUCTION 1
CHAPTER ONE: Practical Segregation 18
CHAPTER TWO: The Limits of Resistance 49
CHAPTER THREE: "The Heartland of Conservative America" 75
CHAPTER FOUR: Racial Troubleshooting 108
CHAPTER FIVE: The Ambivalence of White Christians 144
CHAPTER SIX: The Irony of School Desegregation 173
CHAPTER SEVEN: Southern Strategies in Mississippi 205
CHAPTER EIGHT: Mississippi Kulturkampf 237
CONCLUSION 267
Notes 279
Index 343

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