Thurmond, J. Strom

1948 “Dixiecrat” presidential candidate, South Carolina US Senator for 47 Years

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(1902-2003) South Carolina Governor 1947-51. Thurmond's political career began under Jim Crow segregationist laws that effectively disenfranchised almost all blacks from voting when they constituted a majority of the state's population. Running as a Democrat in the one-party state, Thurmond was elected governor largely on the promise of making state government more transparent and accountable by weakening the power of a group of politicians dubbed the Barnwell Ring. Many voters considered him a progressive for much of his term, in large part due to his influence in gaining the arrest of the perpetrators of the lynching of Willie Earle, the last racially motivated lynching to occur in South Carolina. Thurmond was congratulated by the NAACP and the ACLU for his (unsuccessful) efforts to bring the murderers to justice. In 1948, President Truman ordered the end of racial discrimination in the Army, proposed creation of a Fair Employment Practices Commission, supported the end of poll taxes (which effectively discriminated against poor blacks and whites in voting), and supported drafting federal anti-lynching laws. In response, Thurmond became a candidate for president on the States' Rights Democratic Party (the "Dixiecrats"). His supporters took control of the Democratic Party in the Deep South. Thurmond won 4 states with 39 electoral votes and 1,169,021 popular votes. US Senator 1955-2003 (Democrat to 1964, then GOP), held longest tenure ever for a US Senator. He conducted the longest Senate filibuster (24 hours) 1957. In his later years, he moderated his former arch-segregationist positions somewhat. Signed lined2 1/2 x 5 card as Governor of South Carolina (1948-51)

Condition: Very good, mount remnants verso
Type:Signed Card






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