- Southern opposition to Civil Rights Act of 1964 (& Voting Rights Act of 1965)
- Forced busing became a major issue among the white middle-class in the early ‘70s.
- Desire for law and order due to Vietnam protests and inner-city rioting
- George Wallace’s presidential campaign in 1968 appealed to many conservatives
- Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” in 1968 election gave the Republicans the White House
- Nixon’s “Silent Majority” speech symbolized polarization between conservatism and liberalism in the U.S.
- Many Southern Democrats become Republicans
- Increased white male opposition to Affirmative Action by the late-70s.
- “Moral Majority” taps into conservative frustrations in late-70s.
- Ronald Reagan wins overwhelmingly in 1980 & 1984
- Republicans take control of Congress in 1994 (“Contract with America”)
After 2000, Republicans control all three branches of government