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Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics

Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics

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  • Avidit Acharya
  • Princeton University Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780691203720
  • 9.2 X 6.1 X 0.8 inches
  • 0.95 pounds
  • Political Science > American Government - General
  • English
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The lasting effects of slavery on contemporary political attitudes in the American South

Despite dramatic social transformations in the United States during the last 150 years, the South has remained staunchly conservative. Southerners are more likely to support Republican candidates, gun rights, and the death penalty, and southern whites harbor higher levels of racial resentment than whites in other parts of the country. Why haven't these sentiments evolved? Deep Roots shows that the entrenched views of white southerners are a direct consequence of the region's slaveholding history. Today, southern whites who live in areas once reliant on slavery--compared to areas that were not--are more racially hostile and less amenable to policies that could promote black progress. A groundbreaking look at the ways institutions of the past continue to sway attitudes of the present, Deep Roots demonstrates how social beliefs persist long after the formal policies that created those beliefs have been eradicated.

Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics

Author Bio

Avidit Acharya is an associate professor of Political Science and an associate professor, by courtesy, in the Graduate School of Business. His research specializes in the fields of political economy and game theory, especially as it applies to topics in comparative politics and international relations. Before coming to Stanford, Avi taught for two years at the University of Rochester.

 

Education 

Princeton University
Ph.D., Political Economy, Woodrow Wilson School, Sept. 2007-March 2012
 

Yale University
B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Sept. 2002-May 2006

 

 

Source: Stanford University 

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