The Solid South and Political Sectionalism

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The Sold South in 1928 and 1932 Elections

The Solid South, broken in 1928 for the first time since its emergence in 1880, is expected to reassert its political unity in the 1932 presidential election. When Hoover gained the electoral votes of Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia four years ago, assertions were made that the South had finally abandoned its political insularity and would thereafter be a battleground for both major parties. Other appraisals of the situation, however, were to the effect that Republican victories in the South were a phenomenon brought about by special causes and that the factors which originally produced political solidarity below the Mason and Dixon line, and maintained it unbroken for half a century, still exercised a controlling influence.

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