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From Yellow Dog Democrats to Red State RepublicansFlorida and Its Politics since 1940$
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David R. Colburn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044859

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044859.001.0001

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Moral, Simple Justice and the Emergence of Fault Lines in the Democratic Hegemony

Moral, Simple Justice and the Emergence of Fault Lines in the Democratic Hegemony

(p.43) 2 Moral, Simple Justice and the Emergence of Fault Lines in the Democratic Hegemony
From Yellow Dog Democrats to Red State Republicans

David R. Colburn

University Press of Florida

Throughout the 1960s, the battle for Florida's future persisted, with those opposing desegregation continuing to stymie the forces for change. Civil rights demonstrators took to the streets to end segregation, receiving support from Governor LeRoy Collins and Democratic Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. JFK and LBJ persuaded Congress to adopt the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, effectively ending segregation in the South and in Florida. The federal courts further mandated school integration and, separately, took away control of the redistricting process from Florida's rural voters. The social and political consequences of these developments gave state Republicans an opening to challenge the dominance of the state Democratic Party. Joining forces with angry natives were recent migrants who worried about the impact of integrated schools on the education of their children and Cuban refugees who viewed the Republican Party as more likely to drive Fidel Castro from power in their homeland. The Republicans used these developments to win major offices in Florida and advance their appeal to the “silent majority.” But these early Republican leaders stumbled badly once in office and raised fundamental questions among voters about their ability to govern responsibly.

Keywords:   civil rights movement, Democratic hegemony, segregation, natives federal government, LeRoy Collins, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, Cuban refugees, Republicans, silent majority

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