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Uncommonly SavageCivil War and Remembrance in Spain and the United States$
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Paul D. Escott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049410

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049410.001.0001

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The Past and Political Evolution

The Past and Political Evolution

(p.107) 3 The Past and Political Evolution
Uncommonly Savage

Paul D. Escott

University Press of Florida

Chapter 3 analyzes the impact of internecine conflict on politics and political parties through subsequent generations. It describes the competition between the UDC, the PP, and PSOE in Spain to win majorities and traces the influence of the past on party positions, especially with regard to the Church, laicism, education, and peripheral nationalisms. Key leaders such as González, Aznar, Zapatero, and Rajoy are discussed. In the United States the Lost Cause solidified racism and the class structure. Democrats initially prevailed in interpretations of Reconstruction, the Lost Cause, and states’ rights and won acceptance of segregation and disfranchisement in the nadir period. Southern and Northern Democrats diverged, and eventually the Civil Rights Movement brought racial progress and party realignment, despite massive resistance in the South. Fundamentalism in religion and attitudes toward gender contributed to the “southernization” of politics. FDR, Kennedy, Johnson, and Reagan played key roles.

Keywords:   Civil Rights Movement, Education, Fundamentalism, Laicism, Lost Cause, Nadir period, Nationalism, States’ rights

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