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Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Conservatism in the Twentieth Century, Cambridge Studies on the American South, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Organized in 1933, the Southern States Industrial Council’s (SSIC) adherence to the South as a unique political and economic entity limited its members’ ability to forge political coalitions against the New Deal. The SSIC’s commitment to regional preferences, however, transformed and incorporated conservative thought in the post-World War II era, ultimately complementing the emerging conservative movement in the 1940s and 1950s. In response to New Dealers’ attempts to remake the southern economy, the New South industrialists – heirs of C. Vann Woodward’s “new men” of the New South – effectively fused cultural traditionalism and free market economics into a brand of southern free enterprise that shaped the region’s reputation and political culture. Dollars for Dixie demonstrates how the South emerged from this refashioning and became a key player in the modern conservative movement, with new ideas regarding free market capitalism, conservative fiscal policy, and limited bureaucracy.
Articles, Book Chapters, and Review Essays
“‘Specialty’ Listening: The Opportunities and Limits of Feminist and Gay College Radio Programming in the Long 1980s” in Feminist and Queer Activism in Britain and the United States in the Long 1980s (submitted and accepted for collection, volume pending peer review with SUNY Press).
“The Rise of the Sunbelt South.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Oxford University Press, 2014—. Article published October 27, 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.013.833.
“Champions of Dignity? The 1944 Democratic Party Platform” in Kirrily Freedman and John Munro, eds., Reading the Postwar Future: Textual Turning Points from 1944 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019).
“Selling the Right: Republican Rhetoric and the Shaping of Party and Nation,” review essay in American Studies Journal, Kansas University Press, Vol. 52, Issue 2, 2013.
“Gun Cotton: Southern Industry, International Trade, and the Rise of the Republican Party in the 1950s” in Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican, ed. Glenn Feldman, University of Florida Press, 2011.
Public History and Commentary
Local radio is dead. Long live local radio! Washington Post, Made by History. November 15, 2017.
“Worlds Collide” in The American Historian, the magazine of the Organization of American Historians, May 2017.