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Politics in the American South

These interviews, gathered from a number of different interview series, focus on southern politics and politicians after World War II. Discussions with political leaders, journalists, political scientists, and civil rights leaders reveal the complex political, and personal, machinations that animated southern politics in an era of vast change. Black southerners who marched against Jim Crow law and became congress people tell their stories from the ground up; white politicians who resisted the civil rights movement tell theirs from the top down. This collection asks and answers questions about the participation of women and African Americans in southern life and politics, the rise of the Republican Party in the South, and the intersection of mundane political maneuvering and the struggle for the region's future.

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