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Racial Realignment: The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932-1965

Eric Schickler


Few transformations in American politics have been as important as the integration of African Americans into the Democratic Party and the Republican embrace of racial policy conservatism. The story of this partisan realignment on race is often told as one in which political elites—such as Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater—set in motion a dramatic and sudden reshuffling of party positioning on racial issues during the 1960s. This book instead argues that top party leaders were actually among the last to move, and that their choices were dictated by changes that had already occurred beneath the ... More

Keywords: American politics, African Americans, Democratic Party, racial policy conservatism, civil rights, racial politics, Democratic partisanship, Republican partisanship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691153872
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691153872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Schickler, author
University of California, Berkeley