In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution

In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution

by Joseph Crespino
     
 

In Search of Another Country represents a major advance in our understanding of the conservative counterrevolution that remade the American political landscape after the sixties. This book is the best retort to those who still see the civil rights movement in triumphalist terms. Elegantly written and meticulously researched, it could only have been written

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In Search of Another Country represents a major advance in our understanding of the conservative counterrevolution that remade the American political landscape after the sixties. This book is the best retort to those who still see the civil rights movement in triumphalist terms. Elegantly written and meticulously researched, it could only have been written by someone with enormous respect for the complexity of the people of Mississippi, irrespective of where they stood in the fray."—Charles Payne, Duke University

"In this bold and thoughtful study, Joseph Crespino explains how the race-based Republican 'southern strategy' became part of a broader, truly 'American' appeal that swept across the nation in the aftermath of the civil rights movement."—James C. Cobb, author of Away Down South: A History of Southern Identity

"This is the most thoroughly researched and incisively interpreted account of one of the most complex social and political transitions ever to take place in any American state. No one is better equipped to write this book than this brilliant young historian, who out of his own personal observations growing up in Mississippi has captured with remarkable intuition and understanding the nuances of life in his native state. This is a must-read for anyone seeking a clearer understanding of the bitter struggles of the civil-rights movement and the political evolution that has followed."—William Winter, former Governor of Mississippi

"Crespino's study of the transformation of white Mississippi politics will instantly become the standard work in southern history and American political history in the late twentieth century because it does what many prominent southern historians have been calling for: it takes white opposition to the civil-rights movement seriously. Rather than viewing white Mississippians as an undifferentiated mass, Crespino shows divisions among segregationists based around competing strategies for preserving the racial order. For political historians who have sought to understand the rise of conservative Republicanism in the South, this book provides a thoroughly researched exploration of how the civil-rights struggle led whites to develop a nonracist discourse that sought to salvage what they could of white supremacy."—Daryl Michael Scott, Howard University

"Joe Crespino's marvelous book asks how white southerners responded to the moral and political challenges of the civil-rights movement. It traces the successful accommodation conservative white Mississippians made to the new world precipitated by the campaign for black civil rights, and then shows how that accommodation affected conservative politics in the region and in the nation. Crespino helps define a recent arc of scholarship dedicated to understanding, and not simply vilifying, civil-rights opponents. This is an important book and Mississippi is the right place to anchor this story."—Jane Dailey, coeditor of Jumpin' Jim Crow: Southern Politics from Civil War to Civil Rights

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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
Sales rank:
922,596
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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