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Paths Out of DixieThe Democratization of Authoritarian Enclaves in America's Deep South, 1944-1972$
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Robert Mickey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691133386

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691133386.001.0001

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Driven from the House of Their Fathers

Driven from the House of Their Fathers

Southern Enclaves and the National Party, 1947–48

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(p.131) Chapter Five Driven from the House of Their Fathers
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Paths Out of Dixie
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Robert Mickey

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691133386.003.0005

This chapter examines President Harry S. Truman's commitment of the National Democratic Party to the cause of racial equality and the responses to them by Deep South authoritarian enclaves. It first provides an overview of the central state, national party, and southern enclaves during the period 1932–1946 before discussing the causes and consequences of the revolt by the States' Rights Party (SRP), also known as the Dixiecrats. It then considers southern enclaves' growing unease with the national party through the 1930s and 1940s, along with the experiences of South Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia. It shows that the Truman shock and responses to it varied within the Deep South depending on different configurations of intraparty conflict and party–state institutions.

Keywords:   authoritarian enclaves, Harry S. Truman, National Democratic Party, racial equality, Deep South, States' Rights Party, Dixiecrats, intraparty conflict, party–state institutions, Georgia

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