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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
The Democratic Party’s historic switch from segregationism to civil rights was a political rarity
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By Pat Cunningham
March 20, 2013 11:20 a.m.



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Every once in a while, I get a comment here from someone who thinks a clever point is made by recalling the days when the Democratic Party was dominated to a great degree by Southern segregationists.

Such comments seem oblivious to the fact that the Democrats long ago cut their ties with segregationists. When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he privately said to an aide: “We have lost the South for a generation.”

LBJ’s prediction was borne out in part by the extent to which the Democratic and Republican parties gradually traded places on matters of ...

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