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What is a Dixiecrat?

The Dixiecrats, also called states' rights democrats, were members of a right-wing Democratic splinter group organized by Southerners who objected to the civil rights program of the Democratic Party in the 1948 U.S. presidential election. It met at Birmingham, Ala., and on July 17, 1948, nominated then-Gov. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina for president. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Dixiecrats carried South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, to receive 39 electoral votes; their popular vote totalled more than a million.

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