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Charleston In Black and WhiteRace and Power in the South after the Civil Rights Movement$
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Steve Estes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622323

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622323.001.0001

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Seeing the Elephant

Seeing the Elephant

(p.127) Chapter Six Seeing the Elephant
Charleston In Black and White

Steve Estes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter tells the grassroots story of the Republican renaissance in the South, arguing that it was shaped by religion, education, race relations, suburbanization, and fiscal conservatism in the booming Sun Belt. These factors were all integral to the rebirth of the Republican Party in Charleston and the rest of South Carolina, but Civil War memory and racial redistricting were just as crucial. The chapter also shows how the civil rights movement changed the Democratic Party, which in turn altered the political landscape in South Carolina and the Lowcountry. Even as Joe Riley was forging an interracial coalition of progressive white and black Democrats in Charleston during the 1970s, a new generation of conservative politicians resuscitated the Republican Party after it remained dormant for decades.

Keywords:   Republicans, Democrats, Republican renaissance, civil rights movement, Republican Party, Democratic Party, South Carolina, Lowcountry

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