Racial Realignment The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932-1965
Schickler, Eric, 1969- author.

Racial Realignment The Transformation of American Liberalism, 1932-1965

Schickler, Eric, 1969- author.


Personal Author
Schickler, Eric, 1969- author.

Publication Information
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2016] (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)

Physical Description
1 online resource (xii, 359 pages :) illustrations ;

Princeton studies in American politics: Historical, international, and comparative perspectives
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"Few transformations in American politics have been as important as the integration of African Americans into the Democratic Party and the Republican embrace of racial policy conservatism. The story of this partisan realignment on race is often told as one in which political elites--such as Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater--set in motion a dramatic and sudden reshuffling of party positioning on racial issues during the 1960s. Racial Realignment instead argues that top party leaders were actually among the last to move, and that their choices were dictated by changes that had already occurred beneath them. Drawing upon rich data sources and original historical research, Eric Schickler shows that the two parties' transformation on civil rights took place gradually over decades.Schickler reveals that Democratic partisanship, economic liberalism, and support for civil rights had crystallized in public opinion, state parties, and Congress by the mid-1940s. This trend was propelled forward by the incorporation of African Americans and the pro-civil-rights Congress of Industrial Organizations into the Democratic coalition. Meanwhile, Republican partisanship became aligned with economic and racial conservatism. Scrambling to maintain existing power bases, national party elites refused to acknowledge these changes for as long as they could, but the civil rights movement finally forced them to choose where their respective parties would stand. Presenting original ideas about political change, Racial Realignment sheds new light on twentieth and twenty-first century racial politics"-- Provided by publisher.

Corporate Subject
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) -- History -- 20th century.
Democratic Party (U.S.) -- History -- 20th century.

Subject Term
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights.
Racism -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Liberalism -- United States.

Geographic Term
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.

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