Against the Grain

The Southern Strategy, Racism, and the Republican Party

The overtly racist politics of Donald Trump has been called unprecedented — a break from the Republican Party’s past rules of engagement.  But a look backward, particularly at the GOP’s Southern Strategy to woo white voters based on segregationist or racist appeals, indicates how inaccurate that assumption is. Edward H. Miller discusses the origins of the Southern Strategy in segregated Dallas, and how the ideas of Texas ultraconservatives became the national politics of the Republican Party. (Encore presentation.)

Resources:

Edward H. Miller, Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy University of Chicago Press, 2015

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