The Irony of the Solid South
Democrats, Republicans, and Race, 1865-1944
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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There are a great many people who have my sincere gratitude for helping make this book possible. First, i would like to thank Curtis Clark, director, and Dan Waterman, editor- in- chief, of The University of Alabama Press for the faith, encouragement, guidance, and support they have demonstrated from the beginning. i am deeply grateful to them both. everyone at The Uni-...
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The very things that made the south solid for the Democratic Party after 1865—white supremacy, religious and cultural conservatism, a boundless devotion to market values—also “made” the south begin to become, by 1936, disillusioned with the Democratic Party of Franklin Roosevelt and the new Deal. This was a disenchantment that would only simmer and grow ...
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...i will teach my children and they shall teach their children to hate the The south began its move toward the modern Republican Party in 1865.is this too much to write? Does it sound too deterministic, too teleo-logical, too . . . illogical? Does it dismiss too much Democratic dominance—yes, probably so. yet as outlandish as the statement is, as counterintuitive ...
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...sentiment is all right . . . where your home is. but downtown, no. . . . [T]he dog that snaps the quickest gets the bone. Friendship is very nice for a sunday afternoon . . . around the dinner table with your relations, talking about the sermon that morning. but nine o’clock monday morning, [those] notions should be brushed aside like cobwebs. . . . ...
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...it is Christianity, but not orthodox. . . . it is wrong but right. . . . it is life The Progressive movement did not pass the south by. in fact there was a dis-tinct, active, even flourishing movement in the south ern states, and Alabama A great deal of reform was accomplished in the state, and a rich diversity of subjects tackled: health, education, child labor, voting, race relations, the ...
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Although Al smith’s skin may be white, his heart is as black as that of any African that roams the jungles. . . . smith was raised with the negroes. he lived with the negroes. he moves and associates with the negroes now. he eats with the negroes. . . . he is [not] the equal of the negro, because the negro is better than he is. Any white man that makes ...
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...i do everything i can [to make ends meet]. i’ve even gone out and Although no one could know it at the time, the new Deal held within it the seeds of its own destruction. While the program would eventually de-velop into a coalition of unparalleled strength and effectiveness, it would also harbor tensions and contradictions that made it, from the beginning, tempo-...
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...you ask any nigger in the street who’s the greatest man in the world. nine out of ten will tell you Franklin Roosevelt. That’s why i think he’s liberals in the Deep south could push and pull the electorate along on eco-nomic issues. Although they encountered fierce resistance from conservative industrial and planting interests, and of ten disinterest from the plain elec-...
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The Democratic party in Alabama has as its motto “White supremacy.” . . . [n]othing will wreck [it] quicker in this state than any effort . . . to scholars have been almost uniformly optimistic, even sanguine, in their es-timations of the innate liberalism of the new Deal and World War ii south. some of this sentiment is the function of rational estimates of genuine and ...
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We will not stand for . . . social equality. “White supremacy” is the For Alabama’s privileged planter- industrialist clique, Frank Dixon’s reso-nance with the people was a bonanza. Alabama politics had long been riven by tensions between those who had little and those with plenty. in the do-mestic storms of the new Deal and World War ii, though, wealth and privi-...
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...[T]he only compromise that will suit . . . Ameri can negroes is the abolition of segregation, which in turn means the abolition of laws against miscegenation, which . . . means amalgamation . . . which . . . means the self- destruction of this nation by a mongrelized people.i have always voted the Democratic ticket, but by God i am through. ...
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...[The south is] the only place in the west ern world where a man could Well, around here communism’s anything we don’t like. isn’t it that way The limitations of the liberalism of Alabama progressives like Chauncey sparks and lister hill revealed at an in di vidual level the same kind of soft-ness that afflicted much of what constituted new Deal liberalism in the ...
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The body- odor of negroes, irrespective of physical cleanliness . . . is repugnant to the 100- percent- white, but is tolerated by those whose blood is tainted with the negro strain. To guard against mixed breeds, The Creator attached to the lower grade of those types possible to intermix, an odor that is offensive to the higher type—notably the ...
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The difference between people like John Temple Graves, W. T. Couch, and Forney Johnston as opposed to Theodore bilbo, Gene Talmadge, and bull Connor has been overestimated. To be sure, real differences existed. but they were more cosmetic and incidental than fundamental and intrinsic.next to the raw racism of people like bilbo, eastland, and Gerald l. K. ...
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Publication Year: 2013