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VG Key published Southern Politics in State and Nation it was the study of the old southern politics He focused on the years between 1920-1949 and analyzed the Souths political practices this included the maintenance and development of the one party system the dropping rates of white political participation and of course the excluding of blacks from politics Key said those of the South and those who love the South are left with the cold hard fact that the South as a whole has developed no system or practice of political organization and leadership adequate to cope with its problems 1 It seems like hes saying that the South has no right to enter politics In the South everyone was a Democrat and this was their one party system that they all believed in Because of all of the violence due to racial tension in the South Key believed if everybody concentrated on the governmental beliefs it would take away all of the racial practices wouldnt be looked upon as much and control the level of racial tension Key thought that a lot the Souths problems with politics had to a lot with race relations He brings up a lot about the Black -belt which means where Negroes dominate the area and he can tell which white people are for politics and which is for white supremacy He says that depending what the Negroes thought in politics the white people would do the opposite or wouldnt do anything at all hence the major depression of white people in politics Key thinks that by observing the past the whites in the Black-belt were superior in political history even though they were out numbered by the Negroes In keys perspective fundamental explanation of southern politics is that the Black-belt whites succeeded in imposing there will on their states and thereby presented a solid regional front in national politics on the race issue 8 So Keys argument or
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