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Will the South Rise Again? Monochromatic Politics and Political Clout in the Modern South

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Author(s): Daniel P. Franklin

Journal: American Studies Journal
ISSN 1433-5239

Issue: 56;
Start page: 3;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Barack Obama | United States | America | South | politics | presidency | census | states | government | taxes | infrastructure

ABSTRACT
In this paper I make the argument that the South runs the very real risk of becoming irrelevant to American national politics, the consequences of which can be devastating to what is one of the poorest regions in the country. Some of our most vulnerable citizens live in the South, in what are low tax, low service states. Without the intervention of the Federal government, the South runs the risk of becoming a country within a country, a third world state with dramatic disparities in the standard of living for the rich and the poor, nonexistent consumer protection, a crumbling infrastructure, and inadequate public schools and health care.
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