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Race, Grassroots Activism, and the Evolution of the Republican Right in South Carolina, 1952–1974

John W. White

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/9780813036847.003.0008
Race, Grassroots Activism, and the Evolution of the Republican Right in South Carolina, 1952–1974

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This chapter argues that between 1952 and 1974 the South Carolina Republican Party constructed a strong alternative based on appeals to mainstream white voters who were turned off by what they viewed as heavy-handed federal policies, but were unwilling to side with the South's most intransigent segregationists in an unwinnable battle to preserve Jim Crow. The chapter also questions the import of what it calls the so-called Southern Strategy by stressing Republican development in the suburbs, the marketing efforts of Dolly Hamby, and—in any event—casting the strategy as the culmination of two decades of grassroots political change rather than the beginning of the state's move toward the GOP. Also, contrary to most historiography, the essay points to the presidential elections of 1952 and 1960 (along with local and statewide races in 1961, 1962, 1966, and 1970) as far more important to the southern move toward the GOP than the extensively studied elections of 1948, 1964, and 1968.

Keywords: South Carolina; South Carolinians for Eisenhower; Strom Thurmond; James F. Byrnes; Mendel Rivers; Dixiecrats

Chapter.  14798 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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