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Race, Religion, and Economic Change in the Republican
SouthA Study of a Southern City$
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Matthew T. Corrigan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031606

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031606.001.0001

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Resegregation of Southern Politics

Resegregation of Southern Politics

(p.25) 3 Resegregation of Southern Politics
Race, Religion, and Economic Change in the Republican South

Matthew T. Corrigan

University Press of Florida

This chapter begins with a discussion of why race is still paramount in the social and political lives of Southerners. It argues that race still matters in politics in Jacksonville and in the South because race matters in everything else in the South. The combination of different histories and different economic positions permeates the political atmosphere and makes it almost inevitable that most whites and most blacks are split into two political parties. This partisan split provided new political choices for Jacksonville voters, but it also created a political dynamic in which racial and economic disparities became difficult to address. The chapter examines this partisan split and its consequences. This is followed by a discussion of how the partisan breakdown of Jacksonville residents reflects the racial makeup of the South as a whole.

Keywords:   South, political structure, Jacksonville, presidential elections, race, partisan split

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