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The South’s Continuing Impact On Impeding Democracy With Voter Restriction Laws | The Progressive Professor
The South lost the Civil War, but they continue to dominate American politics. It used to be that the South was Democratic, and that they promoted slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and lynching. Then, we had a Southern President, Lyndon B. Johnson, who accomplished the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, with the Southern wing of Democrats in Congress bitterly opposing it, and many of them, plus much of their population, abandoning the party and going to the Republicans. Under Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, they found a home, and worked to undermine voting rights and civil rights, often with the support of those Presidents. The state governors and legislatures became Republican controlled, and worked to limit civil rights and voting rights, and the Republican majority Supreme Court in 2013 cut back on enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. As a result, Southern states and many midwestern and mountain states under Republican governors