Six Factors of Southern Political Culture

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Six Factors of Southern Political Culture I. Geographic legacy A. Importance of land in politics B. Importance of geography in political views C. Different geographic regions and the number of slaves in those regions D. Places that were best suited for agriculture had more slaves i. Originally the workers were indentured servants – whites who couldn’t pay their way and would work for their passage over to America ii. Problem – not a continuous workforce E. Mountainous regions have less slaves – less support for secession i. In Texas – hill country opposed secession ii. Stronghold for Republican party II. Agriculture Economy and Inheritance of Poverty A. Economic dependence on agriculture B. Economic history of underachievement C. Slow to industrialize D. Most profitable industries involve land and slave E. Gap got worse after the civil war i. South was physically devastated ii. North was helped by civil war just like the U.S. economy was jumpstarted during WW II F. Basically, the south was poor i. More likely for southern demogauges a. Tax big out-of-state corporations and give the money to the poor b. Huey Long – share our wealth c. Redistribute the wealth G. Suspicion of investments that came from the north – really restrictive bank limits on things from the north i. Up until 1966 it was illegal for an out of state banking corporation to own a Texas bank a. Texas had a bunch of little banks that went broke in the 1980s with the savings and loan issue and realistate bubble popped b. Legislature lifted some of the restrictions in banks c. In the 1990s first time that you could get an equity loan in Texas
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