- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1463438915
- ISBN-13: 978-1463438913
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Dixiecrat: The Life and Times of Strom Thurmond Hardcover – July 26, 2011
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Secondly, Strom Thurmond helped change the Republican Party from the "Party of Lincoln" into the almost evangelical Party of Reagan. He, in 1957, like Josiah Bailey, earlier, in 1938 and many like minded deep south senators filibustered civil rights issues in Congress and fought political battles on the foundation of "states rights". He, like Reagan, used religious convictions as a basis for his ideology. The man was a racist until he realized it was no longer political feasible to remain one. He was, as a result, the embodiment of a simpler time; a time when racism was the natural order of things and segregation was commonplace. This book describes what happens when past meets present.
Running for president in 1948, he said that ''on the question of social intermingling of the races, our people draw the line.'' And, ''all the laws of Washington and all the bayonets of the Army cannot force the Negro into our homes, into our schools, our churches and our places of recreation and amusement.'' We have learned as a nation for his mistakes and will hopefully continue to support civil rights and separation of church and state.