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Politics and Religion in the White South$
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Glenn Feldman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123639

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123639.001.0001

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The Mercedes and the Pine Tree

The Mercedes and the Pine Tree

Modernism and Traditionalism in Alabama

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Politics and Religion in the White South

Natalie M. Davis

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the conflict between liberalism and conservatism in Alabama in terms of a metaphor, the Mercedes Culture versus the Pine Tree Culture. It predicts that the political party could be replaced by religion as the driving force in American politics. It suggests that this Mercedes and pine tree culture divides politics and it affects whether one is liberal or conservative. It also contends that this culture war has consequences and the most likely case for Alabama is that in the end, both cultures will lose.

Keywords:   liberalism, conservatism, Alabama, Mercedes culture, pine tree culture, politics

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