Southern Exposure: A New Day for the South?
In 2008, fully one-third of Electoral College votes for president coming from Southern states went to Democrat Barack Obama, who went on to become the nation's first African-American president.
The 2008 elections weren't just historic, they were deeply personal. This was especially true for African-American voters and those concerned about racial justice in the South, where not long ago the election of a black man to the White House was considered unimaginable.
After President-elect Barack Obama's victory, the online organizing group ColorOfthange.org asked its members for their reactions. They were deluged with nearly 7,500 responses, with a large share coming from the South. Throughout the issue, you will find these stories reprinted from http://stories.colorofchange.org
What do the 2008 elections tell us about the changing political landscape of the South? In this widely-circulated issue, Southern Exposure's writers look at how the South is changing and what it means for the future of our region and country.
Featured in this issue:
A New South Rising | By Chris Kromm
The 2008 elections revealed that the South is rapidly changing and a key political battleground. Then why are pundits saying it's time to write off the region?
A Divide has been Erased | An Interview with Julian Bond
Civil rights veteran and co-founder of the Institute for Southern Studies Julian Bond reflects on the meaning of Barack Obama's victory.
Election 2008 by the Numbers | The Institute Index
Facts and statistics of a historic election season in the South.
Hope For The Gulf Coast? | By Sue Sturgis
President-elect Barack Obama made Gulf Coast recovery a key theme of his campaign.
Today, thousands of struggling residents - including those still displaced by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike - are prepared to make sure Obama lives up to his promises.
Unblock The Vote | By Desiree Evans and Chris Kromm
Elections in the South and around the country ran a little smoother in 2008 --
but our election system still keeps millions from having a voice.
- 2 A New South Rising
- A Changing Political Landscape
- Time to Write Off the South?
- A New Southern Strategy
- 9 "A DIVIDE HAS BEEN ERASED" Julian Bond Reflects on the 2008 Elections
- 12 ELECTION 2008 BY THE NUMBERS
- 14 HOPE FOR THE GULF COAST?
- The President's Promises
- A Stalled Recovery
- A New Agenda for the Gulf
- 19 UNBLOCK THE VOTE
- Making the List: Voter Registration
- Easing Pressure at the Polls: Early Voting
- Safeguarding Democracy: Enforcement of Voter Laws
- Restoring the Vote: Full Citizenship for Former Felons
- Taking Money Out of Politics
- A New Moment for Reform?
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