The constitutional crisis inaugurated by the Watergate affair was bound to generate a continuing debate and voluminous analytical literature on the institutions and practices of American government and politics. If the debate and publicity had [...]
HL. Mencken's ferociously satirical attack on the South was launched on a small scale when an attenuated version of "The Sahara of the Bozart" appeared in the New York Evening Mail on Nov. 13, 1917. But it was not until 1920 that "Sahara" made its [...]
Southern Liberal Journalists and the Issue of Race, 1920—1944. By John T. Kneebone. North Carolina. $26.00.
In his brilliant retrospective, The Legacy of the Civil War (1961), Robert Penn Warren offered us a pair of contrasting metaphors that ev [...]
Parnassus on the Mississippi: The Southern Review and the Baton Rouge Literary Community, 1935—1942. By Thomas W. Cutrer. Louisiana. $27.50.
Robert Penn Warren left his teaching position at Louisiana State University in 1942, tendering his resig [...]
MY favorite anecdotalist among Southern politicians, Brooks Hays, the former Congressman from Arkansas, is fond of quoting a summary judgment to the effect that, "Next to fried food, the South suffers most from oratory." One might add that the Sou [...]
Power Shift. By Kirkpatrick Sale. Random House. $12.95
Ever since the beginnings of the Southern defection from the Democratic Party in 1948, political observers have been speculating about the possible breakup of the New Deal coalition. And sinc [...]
The Shad Treatment. By Garrett Epps. Putnam. $9.95.
IF one assesses the matter in terms of success relative to total effort, the serious (i.e., basically non-satirical) political novel must be one of the most difficult thematic ventures undertaken [...]
The Democrats: From Jefferson to Carter. By Robert A. Rutland. Louisiana State. $12.95.
The Democratic Party is a dilemma wrapped in the enigma of the American party system. Given the inchoate structure of the political parties over time and the e [...]