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Of course, today the Republican Party dominates the American South, the states of the Old Confederacy. But this wasn’t always the case. From the Civil War until the 1960s, the South had been solidly Democratic—a tradition stemming from the Civil War, when the Democratic Party was the party of secession. 27 The 1964 election allowed the bridging of the divide between corporate ideology and mainstream Republican Party politics. Throughout the 1950s, there had been a struggle within the party between moderates, represented by Nelson Rockefeller, and conservative extremists, represented by Barry Goldwater.
When FDR backed off on government spending in 1937, the economy worsened once again. It was only World War II that created the political will necessary for politicians to commit to the level of massive government spending, unhindered by ideology, that ended up working—and, in fact, created an economic expansion that lasted into the 1970s. Yet economic stimulus was only part of the New Deal, and certainly the scale of the stimulus in the 1930s was not enough to begin to drive the economy forward.
Even small victories would build the idea that it was possible to have a two-party system in the South. ” Potter said it was the only way of “getting candidates and raising money in 1958. ”28 While even Alcorn thought that perhaps it was better to simply give up at this point, Eisenhower insisted on persevering. In fact, Operation Dixie extended beyond Eisenhower’s administration and into new conservative leadership. Even after the defeat of Richard Nixon in the 1960 election, the GOP continued the fight to move into the South.
Collective Bargaining and the Battle of Ohio: The Defeat of Senate Bill 5 and the Struggle to Defend the Middle Class by John T. McNay (auth.)