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One of the most important developments in American politics during this century has been the growing prominence and influence of the Southern states on the national political landscape. The Executive Branch is controlled by Arkansas and Tennessee, the House of Representatives is led from Georgia, and the Senate from Mississippi. Republican control in Congress depends largely on white Southern votes. Written by the country's most prominent scholars of Southern politics, The New Politics of the Old South is a state-by-state analysis of contemporary Southern political behavior that analyzes the influence of race and religious interest groups on the Southern electorate. Designed to be adopted for courses on Southern politics but accessible to interested general readers, this book traces the shifting trends of the Southern electorate and explains its growing influence on the course of national politics.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Part 2 Part I: Introduction Chapter 3 Southern Politics at Century's End Part 4 Part II: The Deep South. South Carolina Chapter 5 Georgia: Election Rules and Partisan Politics Chapter 6 Alabama Chapter 7 Mississippi: A Synthesis of Race, Region, and Republicanism Chapter 8 Louisiana Part 9 Part III: The Peripheral South Chapter 10 Virginia: The New Politics of the Old Dominion Chapter 11 North Carolina Chapter 12 Tennessee: Genuine Two-Party Politics Chapter 13 Defiling Dominance: Electoral Competition in 1990s Arkansas Chapter 14 Oklahoma Chapter 15 Political Change in Florida, 1950-1996 Chapter 16 Texas: Lone Star (Wars) State Part 17 Part IV: The Soul of the South Chapter 18 The Soul of the South: Religion and the New Electoral Order