1948 August 14

States’ Rights Party Adopts Pro-Segregation Platform


The States’ Rights Party was formed by southern Democrats (usually called Dixiecrats) who walked out of the Democratic Party Convention on July 14, 1948, because of that party’s strong civil rights plank. South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond became the States’ Rights Party’s candidate for president. On this day, the party adopted an unyielding defense of racial segregation in its platform.

The Platform: “We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race; the constitutional right to choose one’s associates; to accept private employment without governmental interference, and to earn one’s living in any lawful way. We oppose the elimination of segregation, the repeal of miscegenation statutes, the control of private employment by Federal bureaucrats called for by the misnamed civil rights program. We favor home-rule, local self-government and a minimum interference with individual rights.”

Read the States’ Rights Party Platform:

Learn more: Nadine Cohodas, Strom Thurmond and the Politics of Southern Change (1993)

Watch Strom Thurmond in 1948: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1TVzf1UxhQ

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