The Emerging Republican Majority

The Emerging Republican Majority

Kevin Phillips
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition: STU - Student edition
Pages: 600
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    The Emerging Republican Majority
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    One of the most important and controversial books in modern American politics,The Emerging Republican Majority(1969) explained how Richard Nixon won the White House in 1968-and why the Republicans would go on to dominate presidential politics for the next quarter century. Rightly or wrongly, the book has widely been seen as a blueprint for how Republicans, using the so-called Southern Strategy, could build a durable winning coalition in presidential elections. Certainly, Nixon's election marked the end of a "New Deal Democratic hegemony" and the beginning of a conservative realignment encompassing historically Democratic voters from the South and the Florida-to-California "Sun Belt," in the book's enduring coinage. In accounting for that shift, Kevin Phillips showed how two decades and more of social and political changes had created enormous opportunities for a resurgent conservative Republican Party. For this new edition, Phillips has written a preface describing his view of the book, its reception, and how its analysis was borne out in subsequent elections.

    A work whose legacy and influence are still fiercely debated,The Emerging Republican Majorityis essential reading for anyone interested in American politics or history.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-5229-1
    Subjects: Political Science, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. General Editor’s Introduction
    (pp. ix-xiv)
    Sean Wilentz

    American politics, or at least mainstream party politics, generally does not advance in line with manifestos, programs and systematic political analyses. But now and then, a single publication seems to capture a change in the direction of American politics just as it is occurring. Kevin Phillips’sThe Emerging Republican Majorityis one of those rarities.

    To be sure, as Phillips explains in the introduction to this new James Madison Library edition, much of the original commotion about the book was misplaced. Seeking to make sense of what many considered Richard M. Nixon’s improbable victory amid the turmoil of 1968, pundits...

  4. Preface to the Princeton University Press Edition
    (pp. xv-xx)
    Kevin Phillips
  5. Preface to the 1970 Paperback Edition
    (pp. xxi-xxviii)
    Kevin P. Phillips
  6. I Introduction
    (pp. 1-22)

    Far from being the tenuous and unmeaningful victory suggested by critical observers, the election of Richard M. Nixon as President of the United States in November, 1968, bespoke the end of the New Deal Democratic hegemony and the beginning of a new era in American politics. To begin with, Nixon was elected by a Republican Party much changed from that deposed in 1932; and such party metamorphosis has historically brought a fresh political cycle in its wake. Secondly, the vastness of the tide (57 per cent) which overwhelmed Democratic liberalism—George Wallace’s support was clearly an even more vehement protest...

  7. II The Northeast
    (pp. 23-203)

    Since the eighteenth-century beginnings of the United States, the northeast, as the seat of national wealth, power, population and culture, has more often than not dominated American politics. The exceptions to this hegemony have been periods of popular rule—the Jeffersonian, Jacksonian and New Deal eras—during which Southern, Western and urban working-class upheaval displaced the party of powerful Northeastern interests. More than any other region, the Northeast can be relied upon to defend the politics of the past and the interests of the dominant American “establishment.” Such persisting loyalty produced nationally atypical support for the fading regimes and impetus...

  8. III The South
    (pp. 204-329)

    Together with the Heartland, the South is shaping up as the pillar of a national conservative party. Granted that the South and Heartland have long worked together in Congress, they have not done so in the same partisan harness. However, the extraordinary 1968 debacle of the Democratic Party—a collapse never before experienced by the Democrats throughout theentireregion—bespoke a sharp acceleration of the Republican trend in Dixie. At the same time, liberal fragments of the South—Miami, Tampa, Gulf Coast and Mexican Texas, elements of French Louisiana and Black Belt areas dominated by Negro electorates—disassociated themselves...

  9. IV The Heartland
    (pp. 330-476)

    More than a third of a century ago, New Deal Liberalism rose to power with the coming of age of urban America and its lately arrived immigrant millions. Now the era of the big city in United States politics has come to an end. As 1968 election statistics vividly document, old cities like New York, Philadelphia, Detroit and San Francisco are casting steadily fewer votes, as theirs and other urban populations drain into suburbia. Simultaneously, the Negro socioeconomic revolution and the related bias of the Democratic Party have displaced the Civil War as the underlying divisors of American politics. The...

  10. V The Pacific States
    (pp. 477-538)

    No other region is so good a mirror of American political trends as the Pacific; and behemoth California, now the most populous of the fifty states by dint of immigration from practically everywhere in the Union, is virtually a national sociopolitical microcosm.

    For many years, California was atypically dependent on extractive industries—fishing, canning, truck farming, fruit growing, dairying, ranching, logging and mining (as Oregon and Washington still are)—but the great population booms following the two world wars have restructured state social and economic patterns. Unlike the Pacific Northwest, where local cities are not yet badly troubled by Megalopolitan...

  11. VI The Future of American Politics
    (pp. 539-556)

    The long-range meaning of the political upheaval of 1968 rests on the Republican opportunity to fashion a majority among the 57 per cent of the American electorate which voted to eject the Democratic Party from national power. To begin with, more than half of this protesting 57 per cent were firm Republicans from areas—Southern California to Long Island’s Suffolk County—or sociocultural backgrounds with a growing GOP bias. Some voted for George Wallace, but most backed Richard Nixon, providing the bulk of his Election Day support. Only a small minority of 1968 Nixon backers—perhaps several million liberal Republicans...

  12. Index
    (pp. 557-570)