Skip to content

Charleston Lectures

2012-2013 Charleston Area Alumni Lecture

“The South and the 2012 Presidential Election” (Video Here)

Earl BlackProfessor Emeritus of Political Science, Rice University, delivered the 2012 Charleston Lecture on Thursday, September 13, 2012, in Hyde Hall.

The 11-state South is the by far the largest region in the United States. Understanding the party battle in the South is therefore vitally important in assessing Democratic and Republican prospects in the 2012 presidential election. This talk will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the major parties in the South and then analyze the South’s changing role in the new regional structure of America’s presidential politics.

Earl Black is one of the premier scholars of southern politics in the United States. He is author of Southern Governors and Civil Rights and co-author (with his brother Merle Black) of Politics and Society in the SouthThe Vital South: How Presidents Are ElectedThe Rise of Southern Republicans, and Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics.