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The transformation of the American South--from authoritarian to democratic rule--is the most important political development since World War II. It has re-sorted voters into parties, remapped presidential elections, and helped polarize Congress. Most important, it is the final step in America's democratization. Paths Out of Dixie illuminates this sea change by analyzing the democratization experiences of Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

Robert Mickey argues that Southern states, from the 1890s until the early 1970s, constituted pockets of authoritarian rule trapped within and sustained by a federal democracy. These enclaves--devoted to cheap agricultural labor and white supremacy--were established by conservative Democrats to protect their careers and clients. From the abolition of the whites-only Democratic primary in 1944 until the national party reforms of the early 1970s, enclaves were battered and destroyed by a series of democratization pressures from inside and outside their borders. Drawing on archival research, Mickey traces how Deep South rulers--dissimilar in their internal conflict and political institutions--varied in their responses to these challenges. Ultimately, enclaves differed in their degree of violence, incorporation of African Americans, and reconciliation of Democrats with the national party. These diverse paths generated political and economic legacies that continue to reverberate today.

Focusing on enclave rulers, their governance challenges, and the monumental achievements of their adversaries, Paths Out of Dixie shows how the struggles of the recent past have reshaped the South and, in so doing, America's political development.

Synopsis:

"In this remarkable book, Mickey focuses on Southern politics after the great public reversal of black disenfranchisement--and boldly compares that politics to authoritarianism. He grounds his compelling claims and narratives in an exceptionally confident handling of evidence, resulting in a major milestone in American political science. This vivid and profoundly illuminating book is certain to change views not just of Southern politics, but of the country we have been--and the national democracy we have become."--Rick Valelly, Swarthmore College

"This is an impressive account of political change in South Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia, from one-party authoritarian regimes in the 1890s to democracies in the 1970s. Mickey's analyses of the constellation of forces in each state are powerful. Paths out of Dixie will be a revelation to political scientists."--Amy Bridges, University of California, San Diego

"This is one of the most significant books on this critical region to appear in decades. Mickey situates this work in the comparative democratization literature and analyzes political accommodation to civil rights from the perspective of elites and parties. There is nothing else quite like it."--Elizabeth Sanders, Cornell University

Synopsis:

The transformation of the American South--from authoritarian to democratic rule--is the most important political development since World War II. It has re-sorted voters into parties, remapped presidential elections, and helped polarize Congress. Most important, it is the final step in America's democratization. Paths Out of Dixie illuminates this sea change by analyzing the democratization experiences of Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

Robert Mickey argues that Southern states, from the 1890s until the early 1970s, constituted pockets of authoritarian rule trapped within and sustained by a federal democracy. These enclaves--devoted to cheap agricultural labor and white supremacy--were established by conservative Democrats to protect their careers and clients. From the abolition of the whites-only Democratic primary in 1944 until the national party reforms of the early 1970s, enclaves were battered and destroyed by a series of democratization pressures from inside and outside their borders. Drawing on archival research, Mickey traces how Deep South rulers--dissimilar in their internal conflict and political institutions--varied in their responses to these challenges. Ultimately, enclaves differed in their degree of violence, incorporation of African Americans, and reconciliation of Democrats with the national party. These diverse paths generated political and economic legacies that continue to reverberate today.

Focusing on enclave rulers, their governance challenges, and the monumental achievements of their adversaries, Paths Out of Dixie shows how the struggles of the recent past have reshaped the South and, in so doing, America's political development.

About the Author

Robert Mickey is associate professor of political science at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Part One: Deep South Enclaves, 1890-1940 1

CHAPTER ONE Southern Political Development in Comparative Perspective 3

CHAPTER TWO The Founding and Maintenance of Southern Enclaves, 1890-1940 33

CHAPTER THREE Deep South Enclaves on the Eve of the Transition 64

Part Two: The Transition Begins, 1944-48 93

CHAPTER FOUR Suffrage Restriction under Attack, 1944-47 95

CHAPTER FIVE Driven from the House of Their Fathers

Southern Enclaves and the National Party, 1947-48 131

Part Three: The Clouds Darken, 1950-63 171

PROLOGUE "No Solution Offers Except Coercion"

Brown, Massive Resistance, and Campus Crises, 1950-63 173

CHAPTER SIX "No Task for the Amateur or Hothead"

Mississippi and the Battle of Oxford 190

CHAPTER SEVEN "Integration with Dignity"

South Carolina Navigates the Clemson Crisis 215

CHAPTER EIGHT "No, Not One"

Georgias Massive Resistance and the Crisis at Athens 240

Part Four: Modes of Democratization and Their Legacies since 1964 257

CHAPTER NINE The Deathblows to Authoritarian Rule

The Civil and Voting Rights Acts and National Party Reform, 1964-72 259

CHAPTER TEN Harnessing the Revolution? Three Paths Out of Dixie 281

CHAPTER ELEVEN Legacies and Lessons of the Democratized South 335

Notes 355

Index 531

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691149639
Author:
Mickey, Robert
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Democracy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives
Publication Date:
20150231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones. 9 line illus. 12 tables.
Pages:
584
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , "In this remarkable book, Mickey focuses on Southern politics after the great public reversal of black disenfranchisement--and boldly compares that politics to authoritarianism. He grounds his compelling claims and narratives in an exceptionally confident handling of evidence, resulting in a major milestone in American political science. This vivid and profoundly illuminating book is certain to change views not just of Southern politics, but of the country we have been--and the national democracy we have become."--Rick Valelly, Swarthmore College

"This is an impressive account of political change in South Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia, from one-party authoritarian regimes in the 1890s to democracies in the 1970s. Mickey's analyses of the constellation of forces in each state are powerful. Paths out of Dixie will be a revelation to political scientists."--Amy Bridges, University of California, San Diego

"This is one of the most significant books on this critical region to appear in decades. Mickey situates this work in the comparative democratization literature and analyzes political accommodation to civil rights from the perspective of elites and parties. There is nothing else quite like it."--Elizabeth Sanders, Cornell University

"Synopsis" by , The transformation of the American South--from authoritarian to democratic rule--is the most important political development since World War II. It has re-sorted voters into parties, remapped presidential elections, and helped polarize Congress. Most important, it is the final step in America's democratization. Paths Out of Dixie illuminates this sea change by analyzing the democratization experiences of Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

Robert Mickey argues that Southern states, from the 1890s until the early 1970s, constituted pockets of authoritarian rule trapped within and sustained by a federal democracy. These enclaves--devoted to cheap agricultural labor and white supremacy--were established by conservative Democrats to protect their careers and clients. From the abolition of the whites-only Democratic primary in 1944 until the national party reforms of the early 1970s, enclaves were battered and destroyed by a series of democratization pressures from inside and outside their borders. Drawing on archival research, Mickey traces how Deep South rulers--dissimilar in their internal conflict and political institutions--varied in their responses to these challenges. Ultimately, enclaves differed in their degree of violence, incorporation of African Americans, and reconciliation of Democrats with the national party. These diverse paths generated political and economic legacies that continue to reverberate today.

Focusing on enclave rulers, their governance challenges, and the monumental achievements of their adversaries, Paths Out of Dixie shows how the struggles of the recent past have reshaped the South and, in so doing, America's political development.

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