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Rough CountryHow Texas Became America's Most Powerful Bible-Belt State$
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Robert Wuthnow

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159898

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159898.001.0001

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Meanest, Dirtiest, Low-Down Stuff

Meanest, Dirtiest, Low-Down Stuff

The Politics of Tumult

(p.269) Chapter 8 Meanest, Dirtiest, Low-Down Stuff
Rough Country

Robert Wuthnow

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses Texas as a microcosm of the various developments affecting the nation in the 1960s. Texas was part of the Democratic South, the state that Kennedy had to win in order to become president in 1960, and the state from which Johnson succeeded to the presidency in 1963, and yet it would be a strong ally of Ronald Reagan and the home of two subsequent Republican presidents. It was a bastion of Southern Baptist influences and yet was rife with religious disagreements. It was the location of tense relationships between Protestants and Catholics and between Anglos and Hispanics as well as conflicts over racial segregation and civil rights. In the early 1960s, Texas voters faced an array of issues as diverse as anywhere in the nation. Potential for division existed along partisan, racial, ethnic, educational, religious, and geographic lines.

Keywords:   Texas, presidential elections, Baptists, religion, Protestants, Catholics, racial segregation, civil rights

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