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Volume 14, Issue 1 (Apr 2016)


African Americans and Contemporary Southern Politics

Charles S. Bullock III
  • Corresponding author
  • George Mason University, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22201, USA
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/ Mark J. Rozell
  • Corresponding author
  • George Mason University, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22201, USA
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Published Online: 2016-04-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2016-0006


This article describes and analyzes the evolution of African American political participation in the states of the former Confederacy since the time of V.O. Key’s classic study of southern politics (1949). Expanded voting and electoral success for African Americans in the south have dramatically transformed the politics of the region and portenddeeper and longer-lasting change in the future, unless the Republican Party can begin to appeal to more minority voters. Current trends point toward possibly a major shifting in the politics of the region given demographic patterns and the difficulties of the Republican Party grappling with issues that drive African American voting.


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About the article

Charles S. Bullock III

Charles S. Bullock III is University Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.

Mark J. Rozell

Mark J. Rozell is dean of the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University in Virginia. They are co-editors of The New Politics of the Old South (Rowman & Littlefield, 5th edition, 2014).

Published Online: 2016-04-22

Published in Print: 2016-04-01

Citation Information: The Forum, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, ISSN (Print) 2194-6183, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/for-2016-0006. Export Citation

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