The Emerging Republican Majority

The Emerging Republican Majority

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One of the most important and controversial books in modern American politics, The Emerging Republican Majority (1969) explained how Richard Nixon won the White House in 1968--and why the Republicans would go on to dominate presidential politics for the next quarter century. Rightly or wrongly, the book has widely been seen as a blueprint for how Republicans, using the so-called Southern Strategy, could build a durable winning coalition in presidential elections. Certainly, Nixon's election marked the end of a "New Deal Democratic hegemony" and the beginning of a conservative realignment encompassing historically Democratic voters from the South and the Florida-to-California "Sun Belt," in the book's enduring coinage. In accounting for that shift, Kevin Phillips showed how two decades and more of social and political changes had created enormous opportunities for a resurgent conservative Republican Party. For this new edition, Phillips has written a preface describing his view of the book, its reception, and how its analysis was borne out in subsequent elections.
A work whose legacy and influence are still fiercely debated, The Emerging Republican Majority is essential reading for anyone interested in American politics or history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 600 pages
  • 119.38 x 203.2 x 43.18mm | 566.99g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Updated edition with a New Preface
  • 5 line illus. 138 tables. 47 maps.
  • 0691163243
  • 9780691163246
  • 1,817,766

Table of contents

General Editor's Introduction by Sean Wilentz ix Preface to the Princeton University Press edition xv Preface to the 1970 paperback edition xxi I. Introduction 1 II. The Northeast 23 A. Northeast Sociopolitical Voting Streams 72 1. The Establishment 73 2. The Yankees 86 3. The Negroes 100 4. The Jews 108 5. The Non-Yankee Northeast 121 6. The Catholics 144 7. Suburbia 188 B. The Northeastern Future 200 III. The South 204 A. The Deep South 228 1. The Black Belt 234 2. Dixie Upcountry 259 3. French Louisiana 267 B. The Outer South 272 1. The Southern Mountains 282 2. The Piedmont 293 3. The Black Belts 302 4. The New Urban Florida and Texas 307 5. The Southern Plains 316 6. The Latin Crescent 320 C. The Future of Southern Politics 325 IV. The Heartland 330 A. The Border 338 B. The Great Lakes 378 C. The Farm States 410 D. The Mountain States 452 E. A United Heartland 472 V. The Pacific States 477 A. The Northern Pacific Coast 491 B. Southern California 505 1. The Sun Belt Phenomenon 507 2. The Rise of Southern California 515 C. The Pacific Interior 527 D. The Pacific Future 537 VI. The Future of American Politics 539 Index
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About Kevin P. Phillips

Kevin Phillips is a writer and political commentator. He is the author of fifteen books, including, most recently, 1775, Bad Money, American Theocracy, and American Dynasty.
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