Solid South

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The Solid South is a term describing the voting practices of the southern United States from the Reconstruction until the later 20th century, when the region voted solidly with the Democratic Party. This voting practice was born out of the South's disdain for Republican Abraham Lincoln and the policy of Reconstruction pushed forward by the Republican northern congress. The practice continued and was encouraged by Democratic politicians who ran overtly racist campaigns and spearheaded efforts to disenfranchise black Southerners who might threaten their control.