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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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The Deathblows to Authoritarian Rule

The Deathblows to Authoritarian Rule

The Civil and Voting Rights Acts and National Party Reform, 1964–72

(p.259) Chapter Nine The Deathblows to Authoritarian Rule
Paths Out of Dixie

Robert Mickey

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how the federal government and black protest organizations intervened in southern authoritarian enclaves, with a particular focus on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as the reform of the National Democratic Party during the period 1964–1972. It first considers state authorities' consensus preference for effecting a “harnessed revolution” before discussing the challenges posed by the Civil and Voting rights acts to southern enclaves. It then describes the degree to which outsiders interfered in enclaves' responses to these landmark statutes, including federal oversight of voting rights in the Deep South and deployments by black protest organizations. It concludes by analyzing the McGovern–Fraser national Democratic party reforms of 1968–1972.

Keywords:   black protest, authoritarian enclaves, Civil Rights Act 1964, Voting Rights Act 1965, National Democratic Party, harnessed revolution, voting rights, Deep South, party reforms

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