In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution

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Princeton University Press, 2007 - 360 páginas

In the 1960s, Mississippi was the heart of white southern resistance to the civil-rights movement. To many, it was a backward-looking society of racist authoritarianism and violence that was sorely out of step with modern liberal America. White Mississippians, however, had a different vision of themselves and their country, one so persuasive that by 1980 they had become important players in Ronald Reagan's newly ascendant Republican Party.

In this ambitious reassessment of racial politics in the deep South, Joseph Crespino reveals how Mississippi leaders strategically accommodated themselves to the demands of civil-rights activists and the federal government seeking to end Jim Crow, and in so doing contributed to a vibrant conservative countermovement. Crespino explains how white Mississippians linked their fight to preserve Jim Crow with other conservative causes--with evangelical Christians worried about liberalism infecting their churches, with cold warriors concerned about the Communist threat, and with parents worried about where and with whom their children were schooled. Crespino reveals important divisions among Mississippi whites, offering the most nuanced portrayal yet of how conservative southerners bridged the gap between the politics of Jim Crow and that of the modern Republican South.

This book lends new insight into how white Mississippians gave rise to a broad, popular reaction against modern liberalism that recast American politics in the closing decades of the twentieth century.

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Contenido

Practical Segregation
18
The Limits of Resistance
49
The Heartland of Conservative America
75
Racial Troubleshooting
108
The Ambivalence of White Christians
144
The Irony of School Desegregation
173
Southern Strategies in Mississippi
205
Mississippi Kulturkampf
237
CONCLUSION
267
Notes
279
Index
343
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Joseph Crespino is Assistant Professor of History at Emory University.

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