- States’ Rights Party
- In 1948, many southerners bolted the Democratic National Convention in 1948 to form the States’ Rights Party due to the adoption of a strong civil rights plank and Harry S. Truman’s call for the beginning of desegregation in the U.S. armed forces. Known as Dixiecrats and with the slogan “Segregation Forever,” they nominated Strom Thurmond, governor of South Carolina, as their presidential candidate. In the election, they carried Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina and won 39 Electoral College votes. Despite this and defections to the liberal Progressive Party, Truman won the election. The Dixiecrats reappeared as the American Independent Party behind the candidacy of Governor George Wallace of Alabama in 1968 in what eventually led to a realignment of political party structures in the United States.
Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt–Truman Era . Neil A. Wynn . 2015.
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