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The Door of Hope: Republican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877–1933

Edward O. Frantz

Abstract

How did the political party of Abraham Lincoln—of emancipation—become the party of the South and of white resentment? How did Jefferson Davis's old party become the preferred choice for most southern blacks? Most scholars date these transformations to the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan. This book challenges this myopic view by closely examining the complex and often contradictory rhetoric and symbolism utilized by Republicans between 1877 and 1933. Presidential journeys throughout the South were public rituals that provided a platform for t ... More

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln, South, Jefferson Davis, southern blacks, presidents, Republicans, race, African American press, Confederacy, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813036533
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036533.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward O. Frantz, author
University of Indianapolis