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Painting Dixie RedWhen, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican$
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Glenn Feldman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036847

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036847.001.0001

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Kennedyphobia and the Rise of Republicans in Northwest Louisiana, 1960–1962

Kennedyphobia and the Rise of Republicans in Northwest Louisiana, 1960–1962

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Painting Dixie Red

J. Eric Pardue

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the pre-Goldwater period as critical in the formation of a Republican South. Specifically, it examines a 1961 special election for a congressional seat between Republican oil man Charlton Lyons and an older, conservative Democrat, Joe Waggoner. The election and the conduct of its candidates demonstrates that Republicans were making in-roads in the South before 1964 by capitalizing on “Kennedyphobia,” or southern white animosity to racial liberalism and an activist federal government. Lyons lost by a hair to his established opponent in a traditionally strong Democratic district by running on a platform tying him to a national Democratic Party perceived as excessively liberal, soft on communism, and out-of-touch with white north Louisianans on race.

Keywords:   John F. Kennedy, Barry Goldwater, Louisiana, Civil Rights and Segregation, Socialism, Federal Government

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