The Post Wwii And Its Effects On Politics Essay

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When I began this research project, I made a personal observation that led me to question some of the literature on the post-WWII realignment in the South. Specifically, I met several people that both farmed and saw land ownership as the driver of prosperity. I did not hear these thoughts from professors, engineers, or teachers. From what I saw, people who valued the land as part of success in life thought that their mindset was predominant. It is reasonable to believe that such a thought was commonplace at one time. The literature has only recently begun to look empirically at questions about the changing structure of the economy and its effects on politics (Eleid and Rodden 2006). Several studies have examined how changes in income affect voting patterns, but they have mostly ignored the changes to a service-oriented South (Shafer and Johnston 2006, Stonecash 2000, Brewer and Stonecash 2001). This project was a chance to explore these issues further. Summary of Findings The results presented in the previous chapter showed that there is some value to the idea that agricultural decline helped make the Republican Party strong in the South. The predicted interaction between percentage agricultural employment and per capita income has a statistically significant effect on overall Republican Party strength. The evidence does support my hypothesis that agricultural decline did increase the electoral strength of the Republican Party in the South when income increased. However,
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