Presentation on theme: "Political Realignment: The Republican Revolution."— Presentation transcript:
Political Realignment: The Republican Revolution
Mapping Assignment (1960, 2000) Directions: At the top of one map, I want you to write “1960,” and at the top of the other map, I want you to write “2000.” Now, color in the states where you think the majority of the people voted for the Republican presidential candidates in 1960 and 2000. Here are the candidates and their vice presidential running mates: RepublicansDemocrats 1960Richard Nixon (CA)John Kennedy (MA) Henry Cabot Lodge (MA)Lyndon Johnson (TX) 2000George W. Bush (TX)Al Gore (TN) Dick Cheney (WY)Joe Lieberman (CT)
Political Realignment Realignment Defined Periodization The “Southern Strategy” (1968) Why Focus on the South?
Race and Redistricting Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows North Carolina (1992) North Carolina Post-Script
Majority-Minority Districts (Opposing Views) “It is unsettling how closely the North Carolina plan resembles the most egregious racial gerrymanders of the past…. A reapportionment plan linking people who live far apart and who have little in common with one another but the color of their skin bears an uncomfortable resemblance to political apartheid.” —Justice Sandra Day O’Connor “Majority black districts are still necessary in the South to ensure black representation in the US Congress. They are a temporary solution to a complex problem. Due to continued residential segregation patterns, the existence of racially polarized voting, and lack of minority success absent race- conscious remedies, the case for majority black districts remains compelling.”—Professor Dewey M. Clayton Free write: Which do you agree with? Why?