The Transformation of the Southern Democratic Party

  title={The Transformation of the Southern Democratic Party},
  author={Merle Black},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={1001 - 1017}
  • Merle Black
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
The transformation of the Democratic party during the past century is an important institutional change in southern politics. Once the unchallenged majority party of the region, Democrats have declined to the level of a competitive minority party in the South as majorities of white conservatives and many white moderates have abandoned it. Even more consequential changes have occurred in its racial, ethnic, and gender composition. A party originally created by racist southern white men to… 
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