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The Rational Southerner: Black Mobilization, Republican Growth, and the Partisan Transformation of the American South

M. V. Hood III, Quentin Kidd, and Irwin L. Morris


Since 1950, the South has undergone the most dramatic political transformation of any region in the country. The Solid (Democratic) South is now overwhelmingly Republican, and long-disenfranchised African Americans vote at levels comparable to those of whites. This book's theory of relative advantage provides a new perspective on this party system transformation. Specifically, this work advances the idea that local strategic dynamics, namely the organizational development of the Republican Party and the mobilization of the black electorate, were the centerpieces of political change in the regi ... More

Keywords: South, black mobilization, Republican Party, relative advantage, party realignment, racial politics, V. O. Key

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199873821
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. V. Hood III, author
University of Georgia

Quentin Kidd, author
Christopher Newport University

Irwin L. Morris, author
University of Maryland