Coleman Livingston Blease, South Carolina politician

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Anthony Barry Miller (Creator)
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Richard Bardolph

Abstract: Coleman Livingston Blease was an active participant in South Carolina politics for over fifty years. From 1906 to 1938 he was a candidate for governor five times and the United States Senate five times. He was elected twice to the former and once to the latter. In office he had few achievements, but his entire career was marked by notoriety. Many charges of corruption were made against him, yet none was ever proven. This study concentrated on Blease's campaign style and oratory as his legacy to South Carolina politics. In his role as demogogue, he specialized in race-baiting and claimed to be the champion of the state's textile workers. Through the years he did little for his constituents other than enunciate and reinforce their prejudices. Blease was certainly one of the most flamboyant Southern demogogues to capitalize on racial prejudice. His career reflected the extent of racial antagonism in South Carolina during the first four decades of the twentieth century.

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Language: English
Date: 1971
Blease, Coleman Livingston, $d 1868-1942 $x Oratory
Political oratory $z South Carolina.
South Carolina $x Politics and government $y 1865-1950

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