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The Rational SouthernerBlack Mobilization, Republican Growth, and the Partisan Transformation of the American South$
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M. V. Hood III, Quentin Kidd, and Irwin L. Morris

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199873821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873821.001.0001

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Summary and Concluding Thoughts

Summary and Concluding Thoughts

Disintegration of the Solid South

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(p.179) Chapter 9 Summary and Concluding Thoughts
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The Rational Southerner
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M. V. Hood III

Quentin Kidd

Irwin L. Morris

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873821.003.0009

This chapter summarizes the principal empirical findings that provide support for the theory of relative advantage as a comprehensive explanation for the post-World War II political transformation of the American South. In summary, the theory of relative advantage points to racial dynamics as the primary mover of change that can account for both the growth of the Republican Party as well as black political mobilization. The chapter then discusses the future role that race and/or ethnicity might play in Southern politics, especially the growing Hispanic population.

Keywords:   race, ethnicity, black mobilization, Republican Party, relative advantage, American South, Hispanic population

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