Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority

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Macmillan, Apr 27, 2009 - Political Science - 304 pages
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"A wake-up call . . . Moser's argument is cogent."—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In Blue Dixie, Bob Moser, an award-winning political reporter for The Nation, argues that the Democratic Party needs to jettison outmoded prejudices about the South if it wants to build a lasting national majority.

With evangelical churches preaching a more expansive social gospel and a massive left-leaning demographic shift to African Americans, Latinos, and the young, the South is poised for a Democratic revival. Moser shows how a volatile mix of unprecedented economic prosperity and abject poverty are reshaping the Southern vote. By returning to a bold, unflinching message of economic fairness, the Democrats can win in the nation's largest, most diverse region and redeem themselves as a true party of the people.

Keenly observed and deeply grounded in contemporary Southern politics, and with a new afterword covering the ramifications of the 2008 election, Blue Dixie reveals the changing state of American politics.

 

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Contents

MESS OF TROUBLE
1
THE SOLID SOUTHERN STRATEGY
9
THE LITE BRIGADE
32
DIXIEPHOBIA
54
THE DONKEY BUCKS
78
COLOR CODES
106
BIG BANG
142
GETTING RELIGION
165
CORNBREAD AND ROSES
205
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Bob Moser is an award-winning political correspondent for The Nation and the editor of the muckraking Texas Observer. He has chronicled Southern politics for nearly two decades for publications ranging from Rolling Stone to The Independent Weekly. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Austin, Texas.

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