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The silent majority : suburban politics in the Sunbelt South

Author: Matthew D Lassiter
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
Series: Politics and society in twentieth-century America.
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"In The Silent Majority, Matthew Lassiter provides the first regionwide account of the suburbanization of the South from the perpsective of corporate leaders, political activists, and especially of ordinary families who lived in booming Sunbelt metropolises such as Atlanta, Charlotte, and Richmond. This book examines crucial battles over racial integration, court-ordered busing, and housing segregation to explain  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew D Lassiter
ISBN: 9780691092553 0691092559 9780691133898 0691133891
OCLC Number: 57751482
Description: xiii, 390 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt.1. The triumph of moderation. The divided South ; HOPE in the new South ; The open-schools movement ; The strange career of Atlanta Exceptionalism. --
Pt.2. The revolt of the center. The "Charlotte way" ; Suburban populism ; Neighborhood populism ; Neighborhood politics ; Class fairness and racial stability. --
Pt.3. Suburban strategies. The suburbanization of southern politics ; The failure of the Southern strategy ; Metropolitan divergence ; Regional convergence.
Series Title: Politics and society in twentieth-century America.
Responsibility: Matthew D. Lassiter.
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Offers an account of the suburbanization of the South from the perspective of corporate leaders, political activists, and especially of the ordinary families who lived in booming Sunbelt metropolises  Read more...

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"This is a powerful book on a powerful subject. It should have a lasting impact on the way historians think about modern southern politics, urbanization, civil rights, and race relations."--Raymond Read more...

 
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