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A member of a dissenting group of Democrats in the South who formed the States' Rights Party in 1948.

[Dixie1 + (Demo)crat.]

Dix′ie·crat′ic adj.


(ˈdɪk siˌkræt)

a member of a faction of southern Democrats who opposed the civil-rights programs of the Democratic Party and bolted the party in 1948.
[1945–50, Amer.; Dixie + (Demo) crat]
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Besides these Dixiecratic members of Congress, Truman and McGrath had to consider how to deal with Dixiecratic members of the DNC.
Realizing how successful and controversial Roosevelt's 1938 purge campaign had been, Truman the reformer next considered having Democratic congressional leaders and caucuses purge, or remove, Dixiecratic members from their committee assignments because of their opposition to the Truman-Barkley ticket.
Likewise, as early as April 29, 1949, McGrath and Dixiecratic Senator John Stennis of Mississippi were conferring with Truman about federal patronage.
That same year, conservative white Democrats rallied around the Dixiecratic movement, which eventually chose Governor Strom Thurmond of South Carolina as its presidential candidate, an event that marked the beginning of the end of the Democratic Solid South.
While the establishment and the oil barons ended up splitting their support between Johnson and Stevenson, the leaders of the new industrial class joined with most New Deal liberals to back Johnson against the obviously reactionary and Dixiecratic former Texas Regulars.