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The Long Southern Strategy: How Chasing White Voters in the South Changed American Politics

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en Limba Engleză Hardback – 12 Aug 2019
The Southern Strategy is traditionally understood as a Goldwater and Nixon-era effort by the Republican Party to win over disaffected white voters in the Democratic stronghold of the American South. To realign these voters with the GOP, the party abandoned its past support for civil rights and used racially coded language to capitalize on southern white racial angst. However, that decision was but one in a series of decisions the GOP made not just on race, but onfeminism and religion as well, in what Angie Maxwell and Todd Shield call the "Long Southern Strategy." In the wake of Second-Wave Feminism, the GOP dropped the Equal Rights Amendment from its platform and promoted traditional gender roles in an effort to appeal to anti-feminist white southerners, particularly women. And when the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention became increasingly fundamentalist and politically active, the GOP tied its fate to the Christian Right. With original, extensive data on national and regional opinions and voting behavior, Maxwell and Shields show why allthree of those decisions were necessary for the South to turn from blue to red. To make inroads in the South, however, GOP politicians not only had to take these positions, but they also had to sell them with a southern "accent." Republicans embodied southern white culture by emphasizing an "us vs. them" outlook, preaching absolutes, accusing the media of bias, prioritizing identity over the economy, encouraging defensiveness, and championing a politics of retribution. In doing so, the GOP nationalized southern white identity, rebranded itself to the country at large, andfundamentally altered the vision and tone of American politics.
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ISBN-13: 9780190265960
ISBN-10: 0190265965
Pagini: 552
Dimensiuni: 165 x 243 x 37 mm
Greutate: 1 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States


Based on extensive research, including qualitative and quantitative scholarship (with survey data included), the book is filled with insights into recent history and the current state of politics in the South and the nation. Although challenging, it largely avoids disciplinary jargon and therefore is accessible to a broader audience. Highly relevant, and deserving of a broad readership. ... Summing up: Highly recommended
This volume provides scholars of the South's partisan realignment with revealing data depicting the centrality of white southern identity to the GOP's repeated efforts to win the region ... scholars seeking insight into white southern voters' identity — and how identity translates into behavior at the polls — will find much to mine in this volume.
In The Long Southern Strategy, Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields demonstrate that this strategy was not, as political scientists might be tempted to think, just about electoral politics. Instead, to fully understand the history (and contemporary implications) of the southern strategy, one must look at the interdependence of racism, religion and patriarchy. ... Maxwell and Shields encourage the reader to see the intricacies of these interwoven threads whileavoiding unsubstantiatedgeneralisations. Facts are the driver in this comprehensive analysis.
The text itself is sharply written and delivers an unequivocal message accusing the Republican Party of skillfully manipulating the people who live in the 11 states of the old Confederacy.
The Southern Strategy has long been defined narrowly, as the Republican appeal to southern whites who recoiled from the civil rights revolution and its allies in the national Democratic Party as a result. But as Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields make clear in this provocative and powerful study, white backlash was only part of the approach. A must-read for anyone seeking to make sense of Southern politics, he Long Southern Strategy shows how tensionsover race, religion and gender relations worked to remake the region, and to remake the Republican Party as well.
With The Long Southern Strategy, Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields widen theaperture to reveal the ways in which what we think of as a time-limited, race-focused effort to court southern voters in the 1970s and 80s, was in fact a strategy carried in on two vitally important and unexplored wings-gender anxiety and religious fervor-and carefully packaged in uniquely southern flavors. This deeply-researched, broadly drawn argument about the ways in which theRepublican Party rebranded itself to appeal to and inflame those anxieties will surely become crucial to our understanding of both the long history of voting and organizing in the American south, and to reckoning with our current political climate-that remains trapped under the unfinished fallout from the CivilWar.
You can't understand American politics unless you understand the politics of the South. And, as Maxwell and Shields prove, you can't understand Southern politics until you understand the racist, evangelical, and gender elements of the GOP's Long Southern Strategy-which spread far beyond the South and helped make Donald Trump our first Confederate president.

Notă biografică

Angie Maxwell is the Director of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society, an associate professor of political science, and holder of the Diane D. Blair Endowed Professorship in Southern Studies at the University of Arkansas. She is the co-editor of several volumes and the author of the The Indicted South: Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness, which won the Southern Political ScienceAssociation's 2015 V. O. Key Award for best book in Southern Politics.Todd Shields is the Dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of political science at the University of Arkansas. He is the co-author or co-editor of several books, including The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Presidential Campaigns, which won the American Political Science Association's 2009 Robert E. Lane Award for the best book in Political Psychology.