The Dixiecrat Revolt and the End of the Solid South, 1932-1968
By Kari Frederickson
336 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 illus., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4910-1
Published: March 2001
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-7544-5
Published: January 2003
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Awards & distinctions
2002 Harry S. Truman Book Award, Harry S. Truman Library Institute
Frederickson situates the Dixiecrat movement within the tumultuous social and economic milieu of the 1930s and 1940s South, tracing the struggles between conservative and liberal Democrats over the future direction of the region. Enriching her sweeping political narrative with detailed coverage of local activity in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina--the flashpoints of the Dixiecrat campaign--she shows that, even without upsetting Truman in 1948, the Dixiecrats forever altered politics in the South. By severing the traditional southern allegiance to the national Democratic Party in presidential elections, the Dixiecrats helped forge the way for the rise of the Republican Party in the region.
About the Author
Kari Frederickson is associate professor of history at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
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"A fine example of the 'new' southern political history. . . . Frederickson offers a well-researched, eloquent, and absorbing account of political failure and change, one that contributes greatly to our understanding of the often ironic nature of southern political life in the mid-twentieth century."--Journal of Southern History
"A satisfying read."--Journal of American History
"Frederickson excels at showing how both race and economic issues influenced the Dixiecrat movement."--Gulf South Historical Review
"Frederickson's book makes several important contributions to our understanding of post-World War II politics in the South. . . . As a result, we have a clearer idea of why southerners voted--or did not vote--for Thurmond and Wright."--American Historical Review
"A lively and perceptive account."--The Weekly Standard
"Excellent, marked by superb research and sparkling prose."--Choice