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Who were the Dixiecrats?

The Dixiecrats were a small group of southern Democrats in the election of 1948 who opposed President Harry S. Truman’s civil rights program and revolted against the civil rights plank adopted at the Democratic National Convention. A group of states’ rights leaders met in Birmingham, Alabama, and nominated South Carolina governor Strom Thurmond for president. However, Thurmond garnered only thirty-nine electoral votes and 1.1 million popular votes. Many Dixiecrats switched their allegiance to the Republican Party or remained a Democratic voting bloc that supported conservative policies.


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