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Paths Out of Dixie: The Democratization of Authoritarian Enclaves in America's Deep South, 1944-1972

Robert Mickey


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. This book illuminates this sea change by analyzing the democratization experiences of Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. It argues that Southern states, from the 1890s until the early 1970s, constituted pockets of authoritarian rule trapped within and sustained by a federal democra ... More

Keywords: democratization, South, democratic rule, authoritarian rule, presidential elections, African Americans, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Deep South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691133386
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691133386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Mickey, author
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor