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Bubbas [Reporters] by Dr. Jeremy
Spring 2018: M 1/15, F 1/26, F 2/16, F 2/23, F 3/9, 3/26-30, F 4/13.
Week:  
  [Test
1]   
  [Spring
Break]  [Test 2] 
 [ePaper] 
Graphs of southern realignment, from Woodard Ch. 1,
2014 edition [Lecture, PPT]
Woodard 1. Southern politics in the
twenty-first century [Lecture, PPT]
Bullock and Rozell [4e, Ch.0]. Charles S. Bullock
III, "Introduction: Southern Politics in the Twenty-First
Bullock and Rozell [5e, Ch.0; 6e, Ch.1]. Charles S. Bullock III, "Introduction:
Politics in the South: Out of Step with the Nation Once Again."
Key 0. Alexander Heard, "Foreword to the New Edition"
Questions on Woodard, Ch. 1:
What is distinctive about the South?
What have classic political theorists said about
political culture and the State?
What are the modern approaches to analyzing
What is subculture, and what kinds of subculture
are there in the South?
What are the six legacies that Woodard finds in the
Describe the factors that led to traditional
What developments occurred in the South after the
Describe the characteristics of southern political
leadership, and explain how it influenced southern culture.
How did migration patterns contribute to southern
How can we usefully classify southern states?
How do the southern states rank in Woodard's
Woodard 2. History and political culture
Woodard 3. The demography and geography
of the South [Lecture, PPT]
Bullock and Rozell (5e, Ch.1; 6e, Ch.3). Scott R.
Buchanan, "South Carolina"
Bullock and Rozell 4e, Ch.1. Graham, Moreland & Steed, "South
Carolina: The New Politics of the Palmetto State"
outlines] [Fuentes, Green, Vise]
Key 7. South Carolina: The Politics of
Color [Strickland, Sullivan]
News analysis/blog/video from
YouTube of Gov. Mark Sanford's scandal | of Gov. Nikki Haley
Questions on Woodard, Ch. 3:
How has demography changed in the modern South?
Why is demography seen as political destiny?
To what degree has urbanization shifted political
power in the contemporary South?
Distinguish the character of early southern cities
from the newer ones.
Questions on politics in South Carolina:
Contrast the party organizations' development of
the last half century.
Explain the key features of voting behavior in SC.
Essay: Explain the cultural causes of voting
behavior in SC.
See Dates page for
Presidential State of the Union message
Bullock and Rozell (4e and 5e, Ch.2; 6e, Ch.4). Charles S. Bullock III,
"Georgia" [Lecture, PPT] [Fuller, Meadows,
Key 6: Georgia: Rule of the Rustics [Harding,
from YouTube, the guitar & banjo duel from the film, Deliverance
Questions on politics in Georgia:
How has Georgia politics been transformed (or
Why and how did the GOP arrive so late in GA
What is the effect of race in GA politics?
How have the Democrats changed in the past few
decades in GA politics?
How have the Republicans changed in the past few
decades in GA politics?
Essay: Explain the dramatic but delayed realignment
of Georgian voters in the late C20th.
page for Test 1, which may include
multiple choice, short answer and essay questions on all the above.
Woodard 4. The racial legacy [PPT] [Lecture]
Bullock and Rozell, 6e, Ch.2. Bullock and Rozell, "African Americans'
Role in Southern Politics." [Vise]
How many of Key's chapters discuss African American politics?
How many of Key's chapters are devoted to discussing whites'
impediments to blacks' voting?
Which state had increased black voting post WW2, earlier than all the
What were the consequences of the Voting Rights Act?
What were the effects of the redistricting revolution?
Was gerrymandering districts to create minority representatives held
How have white evangelicals and black voters reacted to each other?
How has voter suppression resumed following the court opinion of Shelby
County v. Holder?
In future, will Southern Republican voters reach out for Latino and
black voters -- or will they fight to suppress those votes and risk
antagonizing those increasing minorities who do vote?
Bullock and Rozell (4e and 5e, Ch.3; 6e, Ch.5)
Patrick R. Cotter, "Alabama" [Lecture, PPT]
[Sullivan, Strickland, Martinez]
Key 3. Alabama: Planters, Populists, "Big Mules" [Fuentes,
on politics in Alabama, on Gdrive [whole class]
page of Alabamian politics links, including articles and videos.
When feasible: Test 1 returned,
with exemplary written answers presented
Woodard 5. Religion and southern
politics [Lecture, PPT] [Bubbas]
Can religion be considered an independent variable
How does religion influence Southern politics?
Is it the degree of religiosity - or the range from
fundamentalist to interpretive view of religion -- that is an
controversies in contemporary Southern politics
Is asserting fundamentalist Christianity in the
still central to Southern identity?
merely another form of defying federal authority?
compatible with constitutionalism and the rule of
more the voice of the oppressed - or the oppressor?
a vital part of other Southern traditions, like
hunting, or HS and SEC football?
Bullock and Rozell (4e and 5e, Ch.4; 6e, Ch.6) Breaux
& Shaffer, "Mississippi: Emergence of a Modern Two-Party
State" [Lecture, PPT] [Sullivan, Strickland,
Key 11. Mississippi: The Delta and the Hills
How is Mississippi divided geographically, and how
does this affect politics?
Woodard 6. Political partisanship
[Lecture, PPT] [Pearson, Green]
When did the party realignment occur in
Key 14. Nature and Consequences of One-Party Factionalism
Bullock and Rozell (4e and 5e, Ch.5; 6e, Ch7) Parent
and Perry, "Louisiana: African Americans, Republicans, and Party
Competition" [Lecture, PPT] [Bubbas]
Key 8. Louisiana: The Seamy Side of Democracy
Bullock and Rozell (4e and 5e, Ch.6; 6e, Ch.8) Mark
J. Rozell, "Virginia: From Red to Blue?" [Lecture, PPT] [Green,
Key 2. Virginia: Political Museum Piece [Fuentes]
civilized place in Virginia
Woodard, 7. Urban Politics and the New
South | Lecture, PPT
[Note that Woodard's title changed from 1e,
7. The Republican electoral surge.]
Key 13. A Note on the Republican Party
Bullock and Rozell (4e and 5e, Ch.7; 6e, Ch.9 adds
author, Michael Blitzer and) Charles Prysby, "North Carolina: Tar
Heel Politics in the Twenty-first Century" [Lecture] [Townsend,
Key 10. North Carolina: Progressive
Video clips shown in class (more are linked on the Alabamian
Sunday footage from Selma, Al, 7 March 1965, 6'. This was shown
on national television and resulted in the much larger Selma to
CBS News, AL
Gov. George Wallace on Face the Nation, 4 Mar. 1965, responding to
charges of police brutality in Selma AL (Bloody Sunday, YouTube, 3')
Democracy Now, "Donald Trump, the New George Wallace? Head of
Segregationist's 1968 Bid on GOP Front-Runner's Racism", (YouTube,
7'). (First part is useful comparison, but interview deteriorates
Key 15. Hoovercrats and Dixiecrats [Bubbas]
[Note that Woodard's Chap. 8, has been
discontinued from 1e, 8. The Democratic response in
Bullock and Rozell (43 and 5e, Ch.8; 6e, Ch.10)
Michael Nelson, "Tennessee: From Bluish to Reddish to Red"
[Lecture] [PPT] [Bubbas]
Key 4. Tennessee: The Civil War and Mr. Crump
page for Test 2, which may include multiple choice, short answer and
essay questions on all since Test 1.
page for the AlaPSA conference, to which some Hawks will
present papers (Friday afternoon & Saturday morning).
Research Design workshops: if
developing a research project, bring your abstract to class. Explain
the nature of the problem or issue to be explored; the approach you
will take to investigating it and the nature of your coverage
(periods, states, institutions, elections, parties, countries,
presidencies); and your hypotheses (what differences, causes or
consequences you expect to find). Provide a list of the main sources
you find useful.
Dates page for Spring
Research Design: simple template PPT [Bubbas]
Woodard 8 (was 9). Leaders and
legislators [Lecture, PPT] [Bubbas]
Key 16. Solidarity in the Senate [Bubba]
Bullock and Rozell (4e and 5e, Ch.9; 6e, Ch.11 and
adds author Davis). Dowdle & Giammo, "Arkansas: Deep Blue and
Bright Red at the Same Time?" [Lecture] [Bubba]
Key 9. Arkansas: Pure One-Party Politics
When feasible: Test 2 returned,
with exemplary written answers presented
Woodard 9 (was 10). The South and the nation
John McCardell, “The Idea of a Southern Nation”, Stallworth lecture at
HC, 2012 [Lecture, PPT]
Key 17. The South in the House
Bullock and Rozell, 6e, Ch.12. Rackey and Gaddie,
Bullock and Rozell, 5e, Ch.10. Ronald Gaddie, "Red State of Mind."
Bullock and Rozell, 4e, Ch.10. Gaddie & Shepard, "Oklahoma:
Red State Rising" [Lecture, PPT] [Fuller]
Registration advice will be
given out in class; generally, take the two 300 level PSC courses,
plus any 200 level you missed, plus 2 or 3 from college core &
page and Requirements
page for research project.
Turnitin course ID# and password will be distributed, so check
develop an Illustrated briefing of your research project, framing the
problem or issue; explaining its importance; explaining how you
approached it; surveying the arguments in the literature; summarizing
each section of your material; and giving your findings; followed by
Woodard 10 (was 11). The South and the future [Sullivan,
Bullock and Rozell (5e, Ch.11; 6e, Ch.13) Anderson and Baumann,
"Florida: The South, Rim State, or Wild Frontier?" [Titus]
Bullock and Rozell 4e, Ch.11. Scicchitano &
Scher, "Florida: Political Change, 1950-2008" [Lecture, PPT]
Can Florida be divided into zones with different
Is any part of Florida still traditional - or still
How is immigration affecting Florida voting?
Will Florida remain party competitive for long?
Key 5. Florida: Every Man for Himself [Fuentes]
Briefings timetable | Advice
| Optional, simple template for slides: [PPTX]
Examples from past
seniors' capstone briefings (see especially Rainey,
McCollum and Pierce
Bullock and Rozell (5e, Ch.12; 6e, Ch.14). Hood and
McKee, "Texas: Political Change by the Numbers."
week: see Dates page for Comprehensive
Bullock and Rozell 4e, Ch.12. Lamare, Polinard & Wrinkle, "Texas:
The Lone Star (Wars) State" [Lecture, PPT] [
Student's Notes] [Fuller]
Key 12. Texas: A Politics of Economics [Bubba]
Bullock and Rozell (4e and 5e, Ch.13; omitted from
6e). Green, Kellstedt, Smidt & Guth, "Conclusion: The Soul of
the South: Religion and Southern Politics in the New Millennium"
Key 31. Is There a Way Out? [Bubba]
Briefings timetable | Illustrated
briefings by students of their research projects, followed
by interrogation and critical thinking discussion
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