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The New Southern Politics, 2nd edition

J. David Woodard
The New Southern Politics, 2nd edition
ISBN: 978-1-58826-911-9
ISBN: 978-1-62637-465-2
2013/417 pages/LC: 2013001381
Praise for the previous edition:

"An impressive work."—Christopher C. Meyers, Journal of Southern History

"The New Southern Politics fills a critical need for a current, insightful, and comprehensive treatment of the subject."—Donald L. Fowler, University of South Carolina

"Woodard asks the right questions to frame a lively discussion of southern politics in and outside the classroom. Thorough, convincing, and conceptually clear ... a joy to read!"—Robert Steed, The Citadel

"Covering the key dimensions of 'New South' politics in one clear and logical volume, this is a text that students are sure to appreciate."—Gibbs Knotts, Western Carolina University


Current through the November 2012 elections, The New Southern Politics seamlessly integrates a thematic overview of the distinctive political, social, and economic life of eleven southern states with a detailed state-by-state focus. This new edition includes entirely new maps and the latest available data for Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,  Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Among other appealing features, the text:

• Provides essential historical context
• Highlights vital dimensions of political culture
• Profiles significant figures and events from the real world of politics
• Incorporates coverage of controversies and trends
• Suggests a well-defined organizational structure for courses

The result is an innovative and readable introduction designed to engage students and scholars alike.


J. David Woodard is Strom Thurmond Professor of Government at Clemson University. His numerous publications include The Conservative Tradition in America (with Charles Dunn) and, most recently, Ronald Reagan: A Biography.


  • Southern Politics in the Twenty-First Century.
  • History and Political Culture.
  • The Demography and Geography of the South.
  • The Racial Legacy.
  • Religion and Southern Politics.
  • Political Partisanship.
  • Urban Politics and the New South.
  • Leaders and Legislators.
  • The South and the Nation.
  • The South and the Future.