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date: 19 February 2019

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Given the history of racial oppression in the American South it is no wonder that the civil rights movement originated there. The 1960s redemption of rights lost in the aftermath of Reconstruction finally ended Jim Crow's notorious legacy and turned the South's politics upside down. The liberalization of laws affecting social, economic, and political domains transformed Dixie. A party essentially moribund in the South since the Hayes administration (1877–81) found its revival in the complicated implications of black reenfranchisement. This article chronicles the issue of race in southern politics, provides a detailed account of the civil rights movement, and assesses its effects on two-party competition.

Keywords: southern politics, race, civil rights movement, black reenfranchisement, two-party competition, liberalization

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