Re: Mark Sanford elected to Congress
posted at 5/8/2013 10:24 AM EDT
In response to UserName99's comment:
In response to ComingLiberalCrackup's comment:
The Republican Party freed the slaves, and the Democratic Party became partners with the KKK for a hundred year reign of terror against blacks, which ended only in the 1960s...that wasnt so long ago, was it?
LOL...keep telling yourself that.
Southern Democrats switched parties immediately after Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964. The Democrats' embrace of civil rights led to the rise of the Southern wing of the GOP beginning in the 60's.
LBJ was 100% right when he famously said, "We have lost the South for a generation."
Southern Whites' Shift to the GOP Predates the '60s
In truth, the white South began breaking away from the Democrats in the 1920s, as population centers began to develop in what was being called the “New South” (remember, at the beginning of the 20th century, New Orleans was the only thing approximating what we currently think of as a city in the South).
In the 1930s and 1940s, FDR performed worse in the South in every election following his 1932 election. By the mid-1940s, the GOP was winning about a quarter of the Southern vote in presidential elections.
But the big breakthrough, to the extent that there was one, came in 1952...
It’s impossible to separate race and economics completely anywhere in the country, perhaps least of all in the South.
But the inescapable truth is that the GOP was making its greatest gains in the South while it was also pushing a pro-civil rights agenda nationally
. What was really driving the GOP at this time was economic development. As Southern cities continued to develop and sprout suburbs,
Southern exceptionalism was eroded
; Southern whites simply became wealthy enough to start voting Republican....
The assertion that white Southerners began voting Republican in 1964 is simply incorrect, whether for president, Congress, or statehouses. The development of the Southern GOP was a slow-moving, gradual process that lasted over a century, and is just being completed today.