Instead of expanded labor rights and a decline in segregation, night riders, bombings and lynchings, and the Dixiecrat
segregationist movement of 1948 answered the demands of workers and African-Americans for greater justice.
Two years after the reelection of President Truman, Graves wrote a piece(20) in which he tried to place his support for Governor Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, the defeated Dixiecrat
candidate for President, into a larger frame of reference.
After the SRD members had held their convention in Houston on August 11 to formally nominate their candidates, Truman the regular generally avoided comment to the press about the Dixiecrat
That history was largely due to his Dixiecrat
background, including his walking out of the 1948 Democratic Convention due to a civil rights plank in the party platform about equal treatment for Black Americans in the military.
Ethridge's rhetoric was virtually repeated by Strom Thurmond five years later in his 1948 presidential campaign as a Dixiecrat
Morris recalls writing an editorial for the Yazoo High newspaper that praised Strom Thurmond's 1948 candidacy for president, "urging all students to be sure their parents voted Dixiecrat
to protect the Mississippi Way of Life" (131).
LOWNDES, FROM THE NEW DEAL TO THE NEW RIGHT: RACE AND THE SOUTHERN ORIGINS OF MODERN CONSERVATISM 30 (2008) (discussing the Dixiecrat
Revolt and its focus on states' rights); MACLEAN, supra note 74, at 21-22 (stating employers argued against fair employment legislation believing they should have freedom to do as they wished with their own resources); JASON SOKOL, THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING: WHITE SOUTHERNERS IN THE AGE OF CIVIL RIGHTS, 1945-1975 223-25 (2006) (stating that white southerners argued states' rights and white freedom in opposition of civil rights legislation); DAN R.
He forgets to mention that the old Dixiecrat
faction of the Democratic Party became a central element of the GOP in those red states where racism still thrives.
at 363 (noting that one of the criticisms of the Dixiecrat
movement in the south was that the movement was trying "'to destroy the South's Senators and Congressmen--the South's only chance' to participate in the legislative definition of States' rights" (citations omitted)).
He spent some time as a Dixiecrat
, a member of the pro-segregation States' Rights Democratic Party which split from the larger Democratic party in 1948, early in his career -- but is now remembered as a Republican.
treat[s] a Dixiecrat
Senator's decision to vote against Thurgood Marshall's confirmation in order to keep African-Americans off the Supreme Court as on a par with President Johnson's evaluation of his nominee's race as a positive factor.
I was her Bay Area counterpart: raising funds, mounting political pressure on Washington, DC to force federal intervention against Dixiecrat
repression, recruiting volunteers to go south, and doing public education about the Movement.