Chris Grant, Ph.D.

Mercer University

Image:Blanche Lincoln official portrait.jpg AG Thurbert Baker - seated

Old South


New South?

Southern politics

Have the nation's politics been "southern-ized?"

Can you match the contemporary southern politician with his/her picture?

Democrat turned Republican Amy Tuck is Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi and  is the second woman ever to be elected statewide in that state. With Charlie Crist inaugurated Governor of Florida in 2007, Republicans may have some advantages in the 2008 Presidential race in the Sunshine State. U.S. Representative Shelia Jackson-Lee, of  Texas, holds the Houston seat that was once held by Barbara Jordan. Blanche Lincoln, of Arkansas, is the  youngest woman ever elected to the Senate.  She is also the mother of twins.
 As Attorney General of Georgia, Thurbert Baker, is the highest ranking African-American official in the state. Sonny Perdue  became the first Republican to become governor of Georgia since 1868 when he was elected to office in 2002. Reelected with 62% of the vote in 2006, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the longest serving Cuban-American in the U.S. House of Representatives. After Strom Thurmond of South Carolina retired at the age of 100, Lindsay Graham succeeded him in the U.S. Senate.
.Son of a U.S. Senator, Al Gore, Jr. lost his home state of Tennessee in 2000 and as result lost the presidency. After a close loss in 2006, many Tennessee political observers think that Harold Ford, Jr. still has a bright future. Virginia Senator John Warner was once married to actress Elizabeth Taylor YOU...maybe you will make this square!

Syllabus   Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)   Huey Long  "Every Man a King"   Gov. Sonny Perdue (R)
Term Paper Guidelines   Thurbert Baker (D-GA)   Herman Talmadge Part 1, Part 2   Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R)
From the Pew...(ppt)   Sonny Perdue (R-GA)   George Wallace '68 Pres Campaign   Att. Gen. Thurbert Baker (D)


  Shelia Jackson-Lee (D-TX)   Ann Richards Memorial Video   Sec of State Karen Handel (R)
  Al Gore (D-TN)   Strom Thurmond '48 Campaign, Grits   Ag Com Tommy Irwin (D)
Alabama Arkansas   Charlie Crist (R-FL)   Jimmy Carter '76 Campaign, WML   Ins Com John Oxendine (R)
Georgia Florida   Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)   George W. Bush '04 Campaign   Sch Supt. Kathy Cox (R)
Louisiana North Carolina   Lindsay Graham (R-SC)   Florida Governors Bush, Graham, McKay...   Lab Com Mike Thurmond (D)
Mississippi   Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN)   Bill Clinton '92 Campaign Speech   H Spkr Glenn Richardson (R)
South Carolina Tennessee   "Just Not Right"   Lucy Baxley '06 Campaign   HMin Ldr DuBose Porter (D)
Texas   "King Rat"   Bob Riley '06 Campaign   S Min Ldr Robert Brown (D)

More Links...

Note that the links below are a compendium of views and resources on Southern Politics.  They are not endorsed by either Mercer University or the instructor of this course; but are offered merely as resources for students to explore issues affecting the region and various opinions regarding them.

Southern Regional Education Board...a consortium of southern states devoted to research on improving education.

John Shelton Reed...a prolific University of North Carolina sociologist with humorous and poignant insights on the region.

Southern Poverty Law Center...major advocacy organization in opposition to hate crime...check out their Klanwatch link.

The Civil Right Institute...located in Birmingham, AL, a major archive of the civil rights movement.

The Southern Christian Leadership Organization...founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This page was created on 8/28/01 and was last updated on 11/20/07 by Chris Grant at Georgia College and State University.  You can e-mail Prof. Grant by clicking here or you may return to his homepage by clicking here.