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Creator:Buchanan, Scott E.
Date:2004 July 27

Encyclopedia article about Dixiecrats, members of the States' Rights Democratic Party which splintered from the Democratic Party in 1948 protesting the insertion of a civil rights plank in the party platform and U.S. president Harry S. Truman's advocacy of that plank. Delegates from Alabama, Mississippi and a few other southern states chose South Carolina governor Strom Thurmond and Mississippi governor Fielding L. Wright as a presidential ticket to oppose the Democrats. In the 1948 election the Dixicrats won in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina where the Thurmond-Wright ticket was the "official" Democratic Party ticket. However they failed to win any state in which Thurmond was a third-party candidate.

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Subjects:States' Rights Democratic Party | United States--Race relations--History--20th century | United States--Politics and government--1945-1953 | United States
Collection:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Institution:New Georgia Encyclopedia
Contributors:New Georgia Encyclopedia (Project) | Georgia Humanities Council | University of Georgia. Press | Merrill-Hall New Media | GALILEO (Georgia statewide project)
Online Publisher:2004-07-27
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