The Mississippi Democratic primary of July, 1946 : a case study

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Thomas Lane Moore (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard Bardolph

Abstract: The thesis illustrates the extreme hostility to the possibility of any change in the status quo of race relations that manifested itself in the Mississippi Democratic primary of 1946. It focuses primarily on the Senatorial campaign of that contest in which Theodore G. Bilbo successfully used the race issue (in spite of the attempt of each of his opponents to assure the electorate that he could best defend "white supremacy") to obtain his reelection. It points out that editorial comments from all sections of the state, while often hostile to Bilbo, were in favor of the preservation of the existing racial conditions in Mississippi. It shows that Negroes who attempted to register and vote in Mississippi often had to run a gauntlet of extra-legal intimidation if they stood fast to their purpose.

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Language: English
Date: 1967
Democratic Party (Miss.)
Primaries $z Mississippi $v Case studies
Mississippi $x Politics and government $y 1865-1950

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