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Southern Strategy


The Republican Party's strategy of appealing to white racists in the South, former Democrats and Dixiecrats. In the apologetic words of Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman:

"Some Republicans gave up on winning the African-American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization. I am here as Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong."
Despite this assurance, the Southern Strategy is still actively pursued.

Joseph A. Aistrup. The Southern Strategy Revisited: Republican Top-Down Advancement in the South. University Press of Kentucky. 1996. 294pp.

Bruce H. Kalk. The Origins of the Southern Strategy: Two-Party Competition in South Carolina, 1950-1972. Lexington Books. 2001. 149pp.

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