Today in History
July 17, 1948
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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.
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