Today in History
July 17, 1948
Segregationist Splinter Group
On this day in 1948, The States' Rights Party nominates Strom Thurmond for president at their convention in Birmingham, Alabama. The party, composed of southern Democrats—known as Dixiecrats—separated from the Democratic party in opposition to its civil rights platform, and to protect segregation and what they called the southern way of life and states' rights. Thurmond carries Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina, but Democrat Harry Truman wins the presidency.
Today's Feature History Article
Photographer Bob Adelman's picture of Martin Luther King, Jr., taken 40 years ago, captures one of the greatest speeches in American history
Most Popular History Articles
- The Man Who Wrote the Pledge of Allegiance
- For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of WWII
- The Rise and Fall and Rise of Zahi Hawass
- Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple?
- How Arlington National Cemetery Came to Be
- The CIA Burglar Who Went Rogue
- A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials
- Who Was Mary Magdalene?
- Unpack a Meal of Astronaut Space Food
- Resurrecting Pompeii