In Birmingham, Alabama, the newly established States' Rights Democratic Party--more commonly known as the Dixiecrat Party
, a label its presidential candidate Strom Thurmond hated--held its own convention.
Shortly after, a number of Southerners split off to form the Dixiecrat party
, which ran South Carolina's Gov.
An example is the illustration of a tombstone for the Dixiecrat Party
that reads, "This Ain't a Colored Cemetery, Is It?
Many southerners abandoned the Democratic Party and rallied to the newly created Dixiecrat Party
and its candidate for president, Strom Thurmond.
In a matter of days, that off-the-cuff remark was used to link Lott and the GOP to the South's segregationist past and to taint Republican conservatism with racism--even though Lott did not mention segregation and segregation was only one of the planks in the Dixiecrat Party
The same representatives of organized money who spearheaded the vicious campaign against Roosevelt became the brain trust of the Dixiecrat Party
In between, he ran for president in 1948 as a "States' Rights Democrat" under the Dixiecrat Party
banner, winning 39 electoral votes in the South and helping give voice to political sentiments that in time would transform the South from a decidedly Democratic region to one that today is more often in the Republican ranks.
The belated, passive reaction to Senator Trent Lott's endorsement of Strom Thurmond's pro-segregation, pro-lynching Dixiecrat Party
reveals how necessary this is.
As a renegade Democratic governor of South Carolina in 1948, Thurmond ran for president on the Dixiecrat Party
, which rejected incumbent Democrat Harry Truman's support for federal "civil rights" laws.
Consequently, the party suffered the first of what became a long line of defecting Southern political leaders when Strom Thurmond bolted and ran as the Dixiecrat Party
candidate for President.
After Truman integrated the armed forces, they fought him with Dixiecrat Party
candidates in the 1948 presidential election.