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One of the most important developments in American politics has been the growing prominence of the Southern states in the national political landscape. The first edition of The New Politics of the Old South broke new ground by examining Southern political trends at the end of the twentieth century. Now extensively revised and updated, the second edition looks toward the future of politics in the South and continues the unique state-by-state analysis of political behavior written by the country's leading scholars of Southern politics. Designed to be adopted for courses on Southern political culture, but accessible to any interested reader, this book traces the shifting trends of the Southern electorate and explains its growing influence on the course of national politics.
Chapter 2 Introduction: Southern Politics in the Twenty-first Century Part 3 The Deep South States Chapter 4 South Carolina: The Heart of GOP Realignment in the South Chapter 5 Georgia: Still the Most Democratic State in the South? Chapter 6 Alabama: Republicans Winning the Heart of Dixie Chapter 7 Mississippi: A Study in Change and Continuity Chapter 8 Louisiana: African-Americans, Republicans, and Party Competition Part 9 The Rim South States Chapter 10 Virginia: The New Politics of the Old Dominion Chapter 11 North Carolina: The Development of Two-Party Competition Chapter 12 Tennessee: Politics and Politicians that Matter beyond State Borders Chapter 13 Arkansas: Electoral Competition and Reapportionment in the "Land of Opportunity" Chapter 14 Oklahoma: The Secular Realignment Continues Chapter 15 Florida: Political Change, 1950-2000 Chapter 16 Texas: The Lone Star (Wars) State Chapter 18 Conclusion: The Soul of the South: Religion and Southern Politics at the Millennium