The Transformation of Southern Politics

Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Martin Luther King, Jr stands behind him.
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Andrew Young, former chief executive of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 
became one of the first black members of Congress since Reconstruction in 1973.  He served as Atlanta's mayor from 1982-1990.
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Newt Gingrich rallied Republicans behind a "Contract with America" in 1994.  
Republicans took control of Congress for the first time since 1952, largely on the strength of seats captured in the South.
Gingrich became Speaker of the House in 1995, the first Republican Speaker elected from a Southern district since 1874.

Nikki Haley (Republican), in 2010, became the second Indian-American governor in the South (and the United States).  
She is the seventh woman to serve as governor of a Southern state.  Bev Perdue (a Democrat) is the current governor of North Carolina.

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Marek D. Steedman 2012