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Kennedyphobia and the Rise of Republicans in Northwest Louisiana, 1960–1962

J. Eric Pardue

in Painting Dixie Red

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036847
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036847.003.0007
Kennedyphobia and the Rise of Republicans in Northwest Louisiana, 1960–1962

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This chapter focuses on the pre-Goldwater period as critical in the formation of a Republican South. Specifically, it examines a 1961 special election for a congressional seat between Republican oil man Charlton Lyons and an older, conservative Democrat, Joe Waggoner. The election and the conduct of its candidates demonstrates that Republicans were making in-roads in the South before 1964 by capitalizing on “Kennedyphobia,” or southern white animosity to racial liberalism and an activist federal government. Lyons lost by a hair to his established opponent in a traditionally strong Democratic district by running on a platform tying him to a national Democratic Party perceived as excessively liberal, soft on communism, and out-of-touch with white north Louisianans on race.

Keywords: John F. Kennedy; Barry Goldwater; Louisiana; Civil Rights and Segregation; Socialism; Federal Government

Chapter.  6889 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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