The Elephant and the Skunk

Simon Topping

in Lincoln's Lost Legacy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032283
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038971 | DOI:
The Elephant and the Skunk

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This chapter discusses a breakaway faction of the Democratic Party who hoped to maintain white supremacy and the Southern way of life. It looks into the Truman presidency and the policies he supported in the hope of abolishing discrimination and upholding civil rights and equality among blacks and the whites. These policies that called for civil rights and human freedom were met by opposition from conservative Republicans and Democrats alike. With the increasing opposition to the legislation for civil rights, conservative Democrats formed a dissenting faction, the Dixiecrat, which advocated white supremacy. Together with the conservative members of the Republican Party, they sought a merger that would abolish the creeping centralization and socialism of the Truman government. The Republican conservatives, together with the Dixiecrats, formed an alliance behind the likely presidential nomination for Taft that was dreaded by the liberal Republicans, civil rights advocates, and African Americans.

Keywords: Democratic Party; breakaway faction; Truman presidency; civil rights; conservative Republicans; Democrats; Dixiecrat; white supremacy; conservative; Taft

Chapter.  10567 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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