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Is There a Southern Political Tradition?

Is There a Southern Political Tradition?

Edited by Charles W. Eagles
Series: Chancellor Porter L. Fortune Symposium in Southern History Series

Paperback : 9781617032134, 242 pages, July 2011

A company of scholars survey the spectrum of southern politics and politicians and attempt to answer the question "Is there a southern political tradition?"


Politics has remained at the core of most southern issues---slavery, morality, roles of state and federal governments, women's rights, regulation of business, and racial desegregation. The southern politician has come to be identified with crucial events in southern history, and southerners, especially those of recent prominence, have maintained their strong identity in national politics. But is there a southern political tradition?

In 1994 at the Chancellor's Symposium in Southern History held at the University of Mississippi, scholars weighed the facts and attempted to deliver a satisfying answer. Their responses were not unanimously yes or no, but through their differing conclusions and through their points of convergence, they explored many persisting characteristics that delineate southern politics and affect the national political scene.