Foreign Policy Watch

Geopolitical musings through a progressive lens …by Matt Eckel and Jeb Koogler

Evolution of the Southern Strategy

So, the blogging trend of the week seems to be messing with Google’s Ngram Viewer. I plugged in “deterrence” from 1950 to 2008 and got a nice little graph of Cold War nuclear tensions, peaking at about 1985 or so. That’s kind of a boring one though. For those who know a bit about American politics, check out the evolution of the “Southern strategy” and racial tension in the U.S. with the phrase “states’ rights” since 1900:

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