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PSC 215: Southern Politics, Book Notes

My Revised 21 Dec. 2011, by Dr. Jeremy Lewis

My recommended | Main texts | Other HC library volumes | Others, from Amazon | Local source

Recommended books that I personally ordered from Amazon, in 2011:
Earl Black, Merle Black.  The Rise of Southern Republicans
Earl Black, Merle Black.  Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics
Bullock, Charles S. III and Mark J. Rozell, eds.  2010.  The new politics of the old South: an introduction to Southern politics.  4th ed.  Rowman & Littlefield
V.O. Key, Alexander Heard.  Southern Politics in State and Nation
Seth C. McKee.  Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections (Transforming American Politics)
Byron E. Shafer, Richard Johnston.  The End of Southern Exceptionalism: Class, Race, and Partisan Change in the Postwar South
Woodard, J. David.  2006.  New Southern Politics


Main texts (of which the HC Library Volumes, will be placed on Reserve at circulation desk):
Bullock, Charles S. III and Mark J. Rozell, eds.  2010.  The new politics of the old South: an introduction to Southern politics.  4th ed.  Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN:  9781442200180 (HC electronic book.)  LOC: F216.2.N49 2010eb320.975
Amazon prime: $28.59  ISBN-10: 0742570215 | ISBN-13: 978-0742570214 | Publication Date: August 16, 2009 | Edition: Fourth Edition
The latest presidential election demonstrated the national importance of the shifting demographics and partisan leanings of the Southern states. When it first appeared in 1998, The New Politics of the Old South broke new ground by examining Southern political trends at the end of the twentieth century. Now in its fourth edition, with all chapters extensively revised and updated to cover events up through the 2008 elections, the authors continue their unique state-by-state analysis of political behavior. Written by the country's leading scholars of Southern politics and designed to be adopted for courses on Southern politics (but accessible to any interested reader), this book traces the shifting trends of the Southern electorate and explains its growing influence on the course of national politics.
Editorial Review: Bullock, Rozell, and their contributors have done it again! This comprehensive update traces the important political changes in the south as a whole and within each southern state over the past several decades. It is particularly timely given the historic election of Barack Obama and the recent gains made by the Democratic Party in the south-slowing or perhaps reversing a trend of Republican ascendancy in the region stretching back for a decade or more. The New Politics of the Old South is a must read for faculty, students, and the general public who want up-to-date, accurate information and perceptive critical analysis of the most interesting political region in the country. (Aubrey Jewett )
About the Authors: Charles S. Bullock III is Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia. Mark J. Rozell is professor of public policy at George Mason University.
Key, V.O., Jr., with the assistance of Alexander Heard. 1949.  Southern Politics in State and Nation.
(HC library.)  New edition, Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ISBN:  0870494341 LOC: F215.K45 1984324.975/04 Dewey:  324.97504K44s 1984
(HC library.)  Also 1st edition, New York: Knopf, LOC: F215.K45 1949324.975/04  Dewey:  975K44.
(The great classic work that predicted Southern 'friends & neighbors' politics would spread to the whole country.)
Woodard, J. David.  2006. The New Southern Politics.  Lynne Rienner.
(NOT in HC library yet).  ISBN-10: 1588263975  ISBN-13: 978-1588263971
Woodard has also written two volumes on Ronald Reagan.


Other HC library readings will be linked online or placed on Library Reserve.
Bass, Jack & Walter De Vries.  1977. The transformation of southern politics: social change and political consequence since 1945.
LOC: F216.2.B39 1977320.9/75/04  Dewey:  320.975B317t
Black, Earl and Merle. 1987.  Politics and society in the South.  Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
ISBN:0674689585 (paper) Dewey 306.20975 B627p
Works on the southern realignment.
Carter, Dan T.  2000.  Politics of rage : George Wallace, the origins of the new conservatism, and the transformation of American politics.
Dewey 976.106092 W189C3 2000
Carter, Dan T.  1996. From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: race in the conservative counterrevolution, 1963-1994 
[HC electronic resource] Web Access
Carter, Dan T. 1979.  Scottsboro : a tragedy of the American South.
Dewey 343.53 C323s 1979
Frederickson, Kari A.  The Dixiecrat revolt and the end of the solid South, 1932-1968.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
ISBN:  0807875449 (HC electronic bk.) LOC: F216.2.F74 2001eb324.273/3
Glaser, James M..  The hand of the past in contemporary southern politics.  New Haven: Yale University Press.
ISBN:  9780300132991 (HC electronic book).  LOC: JK2683.G56 2005eb324.975/043.
Lamis, Alexander (ed).  Southern Politics in the 1990s. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press
ISBN:  058535720X (HC electronic bk.)  LOC: JK2356.S72 1999eb324.275/04/09049
ISBN:  0807123749 (paper) LOC: JK2356.S72 1999  Dewey:  324.2750409049S727L2 , 1999
(A comparison of southern states with Key's classic work.)
Steed, Robert P. and Laurence W. Moreland, eds.  The 2000 presidential election in the South: partisanship and southern party systems in the 21st century.  Westport, CT: Praeger.
(HC library, Electronic book):  ISBN:  0313013713.  Call Number: K5262002eb324.973/0929/0975.


Other books from Amazon, paperbacks about $10 used and under $30 new:
Black, Earl and Merle.  2003. The Rise of Southern Republicans.
Amazon: $34 new; used from $2
ISBN-10: 0674012488 | ISBN-13: 978-0674012486 | Publication Date: September 30, 2003
The transformation of Southern politics over the past fifty years has been one of the most significant developments in American political life. The emergence of formidable Republican strength in the previously solid Democratic South has generated a novel and highly competitive national battle for control of Congress. Tracing the slow and difficult rise of Republicans in the South over five decades, Earl and Merle Black tell the remarkable story of political upheaval.
     The Rise of Southern Republicans provides a compelling account of growing competitiveness in Southern party politics and elections. Through extraordinary research and analysis, the authors track Southern voters' shifting economic, cultural, and religious loyalties, black/white conflicts and interests during and after federal civil rights intervention, and the struggles and adaptations of congressional candidates and officials.
     A newly competitive South, the authors argue, means a newly competitive and revitalized America. The story of how the South became a two-party region is ultimately the story of two-party politics in America at the end of the twentieth century. Earl and Merle Black have written a bible for anyone who wants to understand regional and national congressional politics over the past half-century. Because the South is now at the epicenter of Republican and Democratic strategies to control Congress, The Rise of Southern Republicans is essential to understanding the dynamics of current American politics.
     Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
The South's political identity has been transformed in the last half-century from a region of Democratic hegemony to a region of Republican majority. Earl and Merle Black, political science professors at Rice and Emory universities, respectively (and coauthors of Politics and Society in the South), sedulously examine this remarkable change. The Blacks first explain the historical circumstances that made the Southern Democratic Party virtually invincible until the 1960s and then analyze, decade by decade, the cultural, demographic and political events that eroded Democratic advantages and made a competitive Republican Southern strategy viable. Their analysis is based on data from an exhaustive, sometimes overwhelmingly dense, study of Southern congressional races that evaluates voting patterns according to candidates' liberal or conservative positions, and by voters' gender, race, party affiliation and political philosophy. Wisely, the Blacks also provide numerous graphs and charts that help readers make sense of their complex, statistically driven research. In the end, the authors produce a richly detailed and astute picture of the forces that combined to change the Southern political balance. They also predict that the South is likely to remain a highly competitive political battleground in which both Democrats and Republicans can prosper depending on local demographics, the appeal of particular candidates and national events. This is a work of serious scholarship that lacks any hint of partisan purpose. Committed readers will increase their understanding of both Southern and national politics. The Blacks' effort may well be the definitive statement on Southern politics over the 20th century.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
The conservative Democratic Party that reigned throughout the South from the 1930s through the 1970s has been replaced by a highly competitive two-party system, conclude the Blacks (The Vital South: How Presidents Are Elected). These two leading scholars of Southern politics present a rigorous investigation of how voting in the peripheral South (Florida, Arkansas, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee) and the Deep South (Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina) was realigned since Ronald Reagan was first elected president in 1980. Reagan's call for lower taxes and reduced government spending appealed to Southern whites while alienating African Americans. The Republican Party experienced a successful surge in local elections during the 1990s because of the Reagan ripple effect, congressional reapportionment that no longer automatically favored Democrats, and vigorous Republican campaigns that made the Southern Republican party a force to be reckoned with. General readers may find the lengthy sections on election results tedious, but specialists will find this a most useful exploration of the evolution of Southern politics. Strongly recommended for academic libraries with strong collections in Southern politics and voting behavior. Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Shafer, Byron and Richard Johnston.  2009.  The End of Southern Exceptionalism.

ISBN-10: 0674032497 | ISBN-13: 978-0674032491 | Publication Date: March 31, 2009
Amazon New $21; used from $5; Kindle $10
The transformation of Southern politics after World War II changed the political life not just of this distinctive region, but of the entire nation. Until now, the critical shift in Southern political allegiance from Democratic to Republican has been explained, by scholars and journalists, as a white backlash to the civil rights revolution.
     In this myth-shattering book, Byron Shafer and Richard Johnston refute that view, one stretching all the way back to V. O. Key in his classic book Southern Politics. The true story is instead one of dramatic class reversal, beginning in the 1950s and pulling everything else in its wake. Where once the poor voted Republican and the rich Democrat, that pattern reversed, as economic development became the engine of Republican gains. Racial desegregation, never far from the heart of the story, often applied the brakes to these gains rather than fueling them.
     A book that is bound to shake up the study of Southern politics, this will also become required reading for pundits and political strategists, for all those who argue over what it takes to carry the South.
Aistrup, Joseph A..  1996. The Southern Strategy Revisited: Republican Top-Down Advancement in the South. The University Press of Kentucky.
ISBN-10: 0813119049  ISBN-13: 978-0813119045
Review: "Explores various strengths and weaknesses of the national Republican party's Southern Strategy and convincingly demonstrates a connection between Republican presidential success and Republican subnational advancement in the South." -- Southern Humanities Review
"Argues convincingly that the southern strategy and top-down advancement are initiatives firmly grounded in racial politics.... An excellent book." -- Perspectives on Political Science


Black, Earl.  2008. Divided America: the Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics.  Simon & Schuster.

ISBN-10: 0743262077.  Now with an updated Afterword -- in which the authors show how the 2006 midterm elections and the Democratic takeover of Congress validate their argument about regional divisions and why and how they will dominate the 2008 presidential election -- Divided America tells the biggest story in American politics today: how new regional divisions are tearing the country's politics apart, turning both major parties into minority parties and encouraging angry constituencies to wage increasingly nasty wedge-issue campaigns.
Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Politics by the numbers is the modus operandi of the Black brothers, twins who teach political science (Earl at Rice University, Merle at Emory University). Having focused on politics in the Southern states in three previous academic collaborations, the Blacks now divide the United States into five regions (South, Northeast, Pacific Coast, Midwest, Mountains/Plains), and explain how and why national electoral politics have become a close contest between two parties, Democrats and Republicans, that cannot claim permanent majority status. Most of the election data they examine comes from presidential elections; their analysis of races for the House of Representatives and the Senate come toward the end and are out of kilter with the results of the November 2006 House and Senate elections. Still, the Blacks' generalizations deserve consideration. They believe the Democrats are quite likely to retain advantages in the Northeast and Pacific Coast regions, while the Republicans are quite likely to win the South and Mountains/Plains regions in the 2008 election. That leaves the Midwest as the swing region. (The Blacks define the Midwest as 10 states, including Kentucky and West Virginia.) Though the book will probably fascinate politics junkies, the emphasis on statistics rather than lively anecdotes means rough going for qualitative rather than quantitative minds. 34 charts and tables. (Mar.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Booklist
Recent presidential elections clearly show that the U.S. has no national political consensus. Instead, regional politics are cobbled together to produce a tentative consensus that barely holds until the next election, leaving Democrats and Republicans locked in a power struggle. The Blacks, twin brothers and professors at Emory and Rice, examine how regional differences account for the swings in national politics. Dividing the nation into five regions--Northeast, South, Midwest, Mountains/Plains, and Pacific Coast--the Blacks explore the social and cultural trends of the past 50 years that have shaped the regions and given them their political leanings. They also explore the factors that have contributed to the dominance of Democrats in the Northeast and Pacific Coast, Republican realignment in the Mountains/Plains and the South, and the struggle for both to dominate the Midwest. The Blacks focus on the ethnic and racial, religious and ideological differences within and among the regions that partly account for their political leanings and how those differences will continue to affect national politics for the foreseeable future. Vanessa Bush
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
McKee, Seth C..  2009.  Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections: Transforming American Politics. Westview Press.
ISBN-10: 0813344077 | ISBN-13: 978-0813344072 | Publication Date: August 11, 2009
Amazon new $28; used from $8
Tremendous transformation marks the last three decades of American politics, and nowhere has this change been as distinctive and penetrating as in the American South. After 120 consecutive years of minority status, the rapid ascendancy of Southern House Republicans in the 1990s has reshaped the contours of contemporary American politics: increasing party polarization, making a Republican House majority possible, and, most recently, contributing to the revival of Democratic fortunes in national congressional elections. Southern Republican ascendancy constitutes an exemplar of party system change, made possible by three sequential factors: increasing Republican identification, redistricting, and the emergence of viable Republican candidates.
      Relying on existing and original data sources, this text presents the most recent example of large-scale partisan change. Beyond serving as a primer for the study of political parties, campaigns and elections, and Southern politics, Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections provides an original theoretical argument and an expansive view of why political change in the South has such strong implications for national politics.
Reviews
“Seth McKee provides the most current understanding of the evolving partisan scene in Congress as his insightful analysis incorporates results through the 2008 elections. While the explanation for the GOP displacement of Democrats in the South’s congressional delegations will be of especial interest to followers of southern politics, McKee’s careful work will also appeal to a larger audience as he shows how the ‘southernization’ of the House Republican contingent helped the Democratic Party retake the chamber in 2006.”—Charles S. Bullock, III, University of Georgia
“Seth McKee’s book is a major scholarly achievement. It advances our understanding of both the modern South and the House of Representatives. After offering a convincing explanation for the Republican realignment in the South, McKee demonstrates how this development has helped Democrats regain control of the Congress. This insightful and well-written book should be of great interest to scholars and students of American politics.”
—Merle Black, Emory University, coauthor of Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics
 “Seth McKee’s Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections provides a thorough and lucid account of a crucial component, identified in the book’s title, of the dramatic shift in regional party strength since the 1960s. It casts new light on this fundamental transformation and should be read by anyone who wants a deeper understanding of why and how it took place.”
—Gary C. Jacobson, University of California, San Diego
 “Seth McKee's Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections is a significant contribution to the literature on southern congressional politics. In well-organized and clearly-written chapters, McKee shows how the success of conservative southern Republicans has contributed to their party's failure in recent national elections. An impressively realistic book.”
—Earl Black, Rice University, coauthor of Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics
 “In his data-rich but accessible book, Seth McKee …make[s] a significant contribution to our understanding of the transformation of Southern politics and why partisan change occurs.” –Political Science Quarterly
“Republican Ascendency in Southern U.S. House Elections… succeeds in analyzing the general trends of Republican growth and is well grounded in the recent literature of southern politics… Mckee’s work fills a niche in southern political studies.” –The Journal of Southern History
About the Author: Seth C. McKee is assistant professor of political science at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg. His PhD is from the University of Texas, Austin, and his expertise is in parties and election studies.


An additional local source that sounds useful:
Dunbar, Anthony, ed.  2004. Where we stand : voices of Southern dissent.  Montgomery, AL : NewSouth Books.
NOT in HC's library.  ISBN:1588381692
Contents: Confronting the war machine / Dan Carter
Standing on the promises: absolutes and imagination in Southern religion / Susan Ford Wiltshire
Ignoring inequality / Gene Nichol
My yellow ribbon town: a meditation on my country and my home / Paul M. Gaston
Our imperiled union / Leslie Dunbar
Beyond capitalism / Janisse Ray
Civil liberties in a time of crises: the dark side / Daniel H. Pollitt
Intolerable burden / Connie Curry
Postcard from Norway: how America looks from here / Charles Bussey
Democracy cannot be exported if it is not secure at home / Laughlin McDonald
Identity politics, Southern style / Sheldon Hackney
Southernization of American politics / John Egerton.

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