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Let’s Switch it Up!. Coalitions, Realignment & the Solid South. Coalitions. An alliance of political groups formed to oppose a common foe or pursue a common goal. . Democratic Coalitions. Rainbow Coalition Blacks, Hispanics, women, other minorities Push for: Civil rights

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let s switch it up

Let’s Switch it Up!

Coalitions, Realignment & the Solid South

coalitions
Coalitions
  • An alliance of political groups formed to oppose a common foe or pursue a common goal.
democratic coalitions
Democratic Coalitions
  • Rainbow Coalition
    • Blacks, Hispanics, women, other minorities
    • Push for:
      • Civil rights
      • Affirmative action
      • Equal rights
      • Reproductive rights
      • Same Sex Marriage
republican coalitions
Republican Coalitions
  • Religious Rightor Moral Majority
    • Strict, conservative Christians
    • (Republicans & pro-life supporters)
    • Push for:
      • Prayer in public schools
      • Outlaw abortion
      • Gov’t should censor “immoral” media

(magazines, movies, music)

      • no sex education in public schools
realignment
Realignment
  • Switching of voter preference from one party to another.
political realignment
Political Realignment
  • 1870s to 1962- white Southerners had overwhelmingly voted Democratic ("Solid South")
  • In the 1960’s, white Southerners & Northern ethnics began supporting Republican presidential & senatorial candidates.
  • Why???
  • The Civil Rights Movement
1968 election nixon v humphrey
1968 ElectionNixon v. Humphrey

Nixon appealed to white voters in the South with a call for "states' rights," which they interpreted as meaning that the federal government would no longer demand the forced busing of school children as ordered by federal courts.

Democrats protested that Nixon exploited racial fears in winning the support of white southerners and northern white ethnics.

1968 democratic convention
1968 Democratic Convention
  • The 1968 Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago, Illinois, from August 26 to August 29, 1968. The purpose was for the election of a suitable nominee to run as the Democratic Party’s choice for President.
  • 1968 quickly developed into a year of rage. All across America emotions ran high DUE TO THE VIETNAM WAR. Tensions peaked when two leaders were assassinated.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968
  • Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated on June 5/6, 1968.