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“Reagan personified the Sunbelt’s role in the transformation of American politics at the end of the twentieth century. More to the point, Reagan’s presidency, but especially his campaign for the presidency, articulated a hopeful and appealing vision for America — one ostensibly rooted in a reverence for the nation’s revolutionary past, but one that was actually more powerfully organized around the ideals of the postwar Sunbelt. During the 1980s, with Reagan as their popular figurehead, Sunbelt conservatives finally seized control of the national Republican party.”
-Source: Sean P. Cunningham, historian, American Politics in the Postwar Sunbelt: Conservative Growth in a Battleground Region, 2014