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Southern Strategy

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The Jim Crow legal regime in the former Confederacy, begun in 1876, received the official blessing of a hyperactive US Supreme Court in the Plessy v. Ferguson case in 1896, with the fig leaf of Separate But Equal. This doctrine was struck down by the Earl Warren Court in Brown v. Board of Education, leading to the Impeach Earl Warren movement. The political culmination of the Civil Rights movement that followed was the passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957-1968, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Republican Southern Strategy of courting segregationists in the US South (at first under the banner of States' Rights) originated as these actions against Jim Crow started to take hold. The century-old domination of the South by the Yellow Dog Democratic Party crumbled. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina was the first to bolt the Democratic Party and become a Republican. One after another the states of the former Confederacy went Republican, and most continue to this day. In turn, the Republican Party became more and more overtly anti-intellectual, anti-minority, anti-immigrant, anti-labor, and anti-poor much more generally, in support of Southern racism and other forms of White Supremacy, while remaining the party of big business.

Overt and covert support for racism includes


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This page was last modified 17:57, 21 August 2009 by Edward Cherlin. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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