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Southern Governors and Civil Rights

Racial Segregation as a Campaign Issue in the Second Reconstruction

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674734555

Publication Date: 01/01/1976

408 pages

29 figures, 54 tables


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This is a beautiful example of scholarship. It addresses a problem of national importance, for historically the peculiar stance of the South on race and the importance of Southern unity on that subject in Congress and in national party conventions have been as responsible as any other factor for the backwardness of social and economic policies in the United States as compared with those of other industrialized democracies. The crumbling of white unity on overt racial suppression at the level of state politics is therefore a development of tremendous importance for the entire republic. Professor Black has deftly combined a sensitive description of change in the racial rhetoric of Southern gubernatorial candidates with a keen analysis of the demographic and political factors that have facilitated and impeded that change. He moves from regional to sub-regional to state levels of presentation with authority and ease. The result is a book that anyone interested in public affairs could read with understanding… Academic readers will find Professor Black’s meticulous support for his arguments highly convincing… A final bonus is that this book is blessedly free of pretentiousness and jargon. The style is polished.—James W. Prothro

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