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The Unsolid South

Devin Caughey


During the Jim Crow era, the Democratic Party dominated the American South, presiding over a racially segregated society while also playing an outsized role in national politics. This book provides an entirely new understanding of electoral competition and national representation in this exclusionary one-party enclave. Challenging the notion that the Democratic Party's political monopoly inhibited competition and served only the Southern elite, the book demonstrates how Democratic primaries—even as they excluded African Americans—provided forums for ordinary whites to press their interests. Fo ... More

Keywords: Jim Crow era, American South, racial segregation, Democratic Party, New Deal, U.S. Congress, democratic theory, American history, electoral politics, authoritarian regimes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691181806
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691181806.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Devin Caughey, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology