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Tom Eamon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469606972

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469606989_eamon

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The New South Meets the New Right

The New South Meets the New Right

(p.200) Chapter Nine The New South Meets the New Right
The Making of a Southern Democracy

Tom Eamon

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how the South had assimilated into the American culture as never before. No longer America's stepchild, the region had come a long way since the 1930s, when Franklin D. Roosevelt labeled it the nation's number 1 economic problem. Whatever ingrained prejudices remained, the legal and political systems embraced the principles of racial equality and gender equality, even though the Equal Rights Amendment had failed to win ratification by enough states to become part of the U.S. Constitution. White southerners continued their political drift toward the increasingly conservative national Republican Party, espousing the conservative gospel preached by Ronald Reagan. Since 1964, two southern Democrats—Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter—had been elected president, shattering the thesis that a southerner could not win that office.

Keywords:   the South, American culture, Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Equal Rights Amendment

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