Congress and Political Parties, a Checkup

David Bateman, current ISS Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Government, studies how political parties, Congress, and the electorate have shaped each other over the course of United States history. In his new book, Southern Nation: Congress and the South in American Political Development, Bateman examines the role of southern Democrats during the post-Reconstruction era, leading up to the New Deal. These southern democrats were forced to make some surprising decisions, such as federal funding for indiscriminate schools, choosing to benefit the region over white supremacy.