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Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics

UPDATE: Field Reports From Southern State Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
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For the past few weeks, I have been posting some very interesting scholarship presented by professional South-watchers at a recent Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. Now, here are a few field reports about current developments in their states.

Contemporary Themes in Southern Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
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I have dealt with the South and southern politics in previous posts; so we are not going to break major new ground here. But I think it is worthwhile to update what some of today's experts are saying about the South and its role in American democracy and history.

Un-Ignore Appalachia

Glen Browder | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
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A doctoral student at Columbia University complains that political scientists have been ignoring the 25 million residents of Appalachia. He is correct.

Southern Whites, Non-Southern Whites, Racism, and Obama

Glen Browder | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
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At the most recent conference this spring, Jonathan Knuckey (University of Central Florida) presented a particularly blunt characterization of citizens on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

Whither the Culture War?

Glen Browder | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
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A prominent political scientist suggests that the politics of values may have settled into a state of lessened conflict and volatility. The debate runs on; but terms like "acceptance" and "stability" figure centrally in his depiction of cultural struggle in this country.

College Football and the 2014 Elections

Glen Browder | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
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The course of American democracy may be decided on the first Saturday of November in the following college football games: Florida vs Georgia, Michigan vs Indiana, Illinois vs Ohio State, and Texas vs Texas Tech.

College Students Present Research on Southern Politics

Glen Browder | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
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One of the good things about academic associations is that they often invite students to participate in meaningful discussions about professional matters. Such was the case at last month's Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics in Charleston, SC.

Generational Change, In-Migration and Democratic Prospects in the South

Glen Browder | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
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The historic realignment of southerners from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party stands as one of the most dramatic and consequential developments of the past century. However, recent research offers hopeful signs for regional Democrats.

White Americans and 'White Consciousness'

Glen Browder | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
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Racism has proven to be a continuing and confounding reality in the story of America. Efforts such as this study help us realize that there is still much to learn and "fix" in American democracy.

Exploring Southern States' Opposition to Obamacare

Glen Browder | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
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The passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 has elicited heated debate throughout the country. Only 21 states have begun compliance with the ACA, and the muddled controversy defies simple characterization or easy explanation.

Persistence of Race in the Changing South

Glen Browder | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
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Is race still the driver of Southern politics? A leading scholar of contemporary politics supplied his answers in a recent conference of Southern specialists.