Share this

The Great Melding: War, the Dixiecrat Rebellion, and the Southern Model for America’s New Conservatism, Glenn Feldman

Reviewed by Sean P. Cunningham



This book lacks subtlety and nuance. But, to a large degree, that is its author’s ultimate point. For Glenn Feldman, the origins of modern American conservatism cannot be found in the complicated and ever-changing landscape of suburbanization and morphing Sunbelt identities. It did not come about as the result of Texans’ or midwesterners’ migration to California and the West (or the religious sensibilities that came with them), and it was not the consequence of a fusion among various regional cultures and priorities. No, for Feldman, understanding the origins of Republican power—both nationally and in the South—comes down to one central motive: an unmitigated dedication to preserving white supremacy.

Boiling all other factors down to what he calls “Sophistic Pruning” (p. 5), Feldman presents an aggressive, confrontational, and unequivocating history of the politics of white supremacy in the Deep South from Reconstruction through the early 1950s. He is particularly interested in connecting dots between southern hostility to the “New Deal’s racial liberalism” and the Dixiecrat revolt of 1948, which Feldman argues was the moment—if such a moment can be identified—when southern conservatives ceased to identify themselves with the national Democratic Party and began to embrace the idea

To continue reading, see options above.

About PSQ's Editor

Demetrios James Caraley

Full Access

Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.

Editor’s spotlight

North Korea and the West

The Debate over North Korea


Search the Archives

Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilson

view additional issues

New APS Book

Continuing Issues in U.S. National Security Policy   CONTINUING ISSUES IN U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY

Most read

Articles | Book reviews

Understanding the Bush Doctrine
Robert Jervis

The Study of Administration
Woodrow Wilson

Notes on Roosevelt's "Quarantine" Speech
Dorothy Borg

view all

About US

Academy of Political Science

The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.

Political Science Quarterly

With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.

Stay Connected

newsstand locator
About APS