Actually, the SRDs, or Dixiecrats
, did not refer to or present themselves as a minor party separate from the two major parties.
As early as 1939, Republicans and Dixiecrats
in Congress began attacking and red-baiting the new NLRB.
A veteran prostitute acknowledges that conventions are good for business (``I end up servicing more journalists than senators, delegates and staffers,'' she says); a producer of the 1984 Republican convention in Dallas admits to covering a protest site with soft asphalt so demonstrators would wilt in 125-degree temperatures; a veteran politico recalls delegates cheering and Dixiecrats
stalking out during Hubert Humphrey's speech on civil rights at the 1948 Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
It could be argued that, because there were quite a few Dixiecrats
in Truman's congressional majority, he would have had difficulty getting a legislative program passed.
At the same time, both governments sought to accommodate rather than alienate white supremacist forces that retained considerable influence: for Truman, the Dixiecrats
, and for Attlee, archconservatives in England and white settlers in Africa, especially the apartheid government that took power in South Africa in 1948.
The despair over the Democratic Party's embrace of the civil rights agenda created the Dixiecrats
in the late 1940s and fueled former Alabama Gov.
Two of your adversaries, George Wallace and Lester Maddox, were part of a tradition that could be traced back through Strom Thurmond and the Dixiecrats
to the opponents of the New Deal and to earlier even more nefarious figures.
But Davis believes that it is the "Stars and Bars" that those Dixiecrats
should have chosen, not the Confederate battleflag.
Harry Truman's treatment of the Dixiecrats
following the 1948 election was strongly influenced by his two value systems as a Democrat in general and as a party leader in particular.
Again, this courted no capital with the state's Dixiecrats
, not to mention the Cubans.
The party caucus is much stronger and the Dixiecrats
By 1948, however, his worries had blossomed and what had overtaken Graves was what he had once warned others about: his growing distrust of the national government and his opposition to racial protests, added to his alarm at President Truman's civil rights program, pushed the New Dealer into the arms of the Dixiecrats