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Unformatted text preview: since 1950. Such factors as the changing makeup of the current population and the ethnic mix of the population in the state contribute to the "political culture" of the state. The predominate Texas political culture can be described as a mix between individualistic and traditionalist subculture. Patterns of political culture are slow to change and persist for long periods of time. For example, in the 1940's and 50's the Democratic governors opposed expanding of civil rights, supported limits on the role of the federal government in state affairs, opposed federal control over natural resources, and insisted on no new taxes. The economy of Texas has changed greatly in the past 20-30 years. Texas is no longer a rural state with an economy dominated by cattle, cotton, and oil, although these are still important elements in the economy....
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