Southern Politics in State and Nation 1st Edition

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More than thirty years after its original publication, V. O. Key's classic remains the most influential book on its subject. Its author, one of the nation's most astute observers, drew on more than five hundred interviews with Southerners to illuminate the political process in the South and in the nation.
Key's book explains party alignments within states, internal factional competition, and the influence of the South upon Washington. It also probes the nature of the electorate, voting restrictions, and political operating procedures. This reprint of the original edition includes a new introduction by Alexander Heard and a profile of the author by William C. Havard.

"A monumental accomplishment in the field of political investigation."
—Hodding Carter, New York Times

"The raw truth of southern political behavior."
—C. Vann Woodward, Yale Review

"[This book] should be on the 'must' list of any student of American politics."
—Ralph J. Bunche
    
V.O. Key (1908-1963) taught political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at Johns Hopkins, Yale, and Harvard universities. He was president of the American Political Science Association and author of numerous books, including American State Politics: An Introduction (1956); Public Opinion and American Democracy (1961); and The Responsible Electorate (1966).

About the Author

V.O. Key (1908-1963) taught political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at Johns Hopkins, Yale, and Harvard universities. He was president of the American Political Science Association and author of numerous books, including American State Politics: An Introduction (1956); Public Opinion and American Democracy (1961); and The Responsible Electorate (1966).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press; 1 edition (October 19, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087049435X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870494352
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gorman on February 26, 2002
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For political scientists, students, and simply those interested in Southern politics, V.O. Key's Southern Politics is the paramount text, encompassing Key's ability to observe with a thoughtful, poignant lens. Despite its age, Southern Politics is an indispensable tool for decloaking the mysterious reality of Southern politcs.
Key masterfully designs the book. Each Southern state is given a chapter, where Key defines its predominant theme, and explains the characteristics thereof. Then he regroups all of the individual state infomation into a concise desciption, with accompanying analysis, of the political environment of the region as a whole.
Important to note is Key's unique ability to observe and explain everyday occurences in a profound fashion. For those who simply want information concerning one state or wish to skip the description of other states, this is not the book for you. To understand fully Key's arguments, one needs to read all of the chapters as each individual chapter provides substance for the overall analysis of the South.
A remarkable work! 5 out of 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TED L on May 25, 2013
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It's a long read, scholarly in tone. Must be prepared for a history course in a unique section of America. Will give an understanding of it's people, and their attitudes and prejudices, historically which continues through today.

Read in conjunction with this "The Mind of the South" by W J Cash. (1940)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LawStudent on December 30, 2013
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This historic book is the first study done on southern politics. V.O. Key outlines the 13 states that attempted to leave the union and the politics of them before more modern times. This book is necessary to understand the current politics of the south.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Stout IV on February 3, 2013
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Great piece of Southern political history. Yes, it's long, but you don't have to read the whole thing to get a lot from it
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