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Until the New Deal years, the South voted overwhelmingly Democratic. After World War II the Republican party slowly gained popularity in the former Confederacy. In his book "Senator James Eastland: Mississippi’s Jim Crow Democrat," Maarten Zwiers explains why conservative proponents of segregation remained Democratic for such a long time.
James Eastland owned a plantation in the Delta and represented Mississippi in the U.S. Senate from 1941 until 1978. He was a strong anticommunist and an outspoken defender of the system of segregation. Using Eastland’s career as an explanatory framework, Zwiers examines the tenacity of Democrats in the postwar South.
Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson MS, October 21, 2015
Mississippi Department of Archives and History, United States