Pursuit of Unity by Michael Perman
A Political History of the American South

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In Pursuit of Unity, Michael Perman presents a comprehensive analysis of the South's political history. In the 1800s, the region endured almost continuous political crisis--nullification, secession, Reconstruction, the Populist revolt, and disfranchisement. For most of the twentieth century, the region was dominated by a one-party system, the "Solid South," that ensured both political unity internally and political influence in Washington. But in both centuries, the South suffered from the noncompetitive, one-party politics that differentiated it from the rest of the country. Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, Perman argues, the South's political distinctiveness has come to an end, as has its pursuit of unity.

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Michael Perman is research professor in the humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has written or edited seven books in American history, including"Struggle for Mastery: Disfranchisement in the South, 1888-1908" and "Emancipation and Reconstruction". He has also held a Guggenheim Fellowship and won three book prizes.
Published January 1, 2010 by The University of North Carolina Press. 408 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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