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Honors Capstone Project
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Margaret Susan Thompson
Arts and Science
local politics, american political history
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Won Capstone Funding
From 1876 until 1964, the Democratic Party held virtual dictatorial control over the American South. Beginning after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and that year’s presidential candidacy of anti-Civil Rights Act Republican Barry Goldwater, the South shifted reliably into the Republican column for presidential elections. Democrats still held a majority of all other offices in the region until the mid-1990s. This paper examines public opinion data in the American South, as well as partisan change in four Southern states, with an emphasis on the first time each state elected a Republican governor. I find that in each state, local issues played a major role in the election of the first Republican governor, and that one or several powerful statewide Democrats could stave off the party’s decline in the state.
Amico, Alexander, "All Politics is Local: How the South Became Republican" (2017). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 994.
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