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Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle$
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Darius J. Young

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056272

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056272.001.0001

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Church Must Go

Church Must Go

(p.101) Church Must Go
Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle

Darius J. Young

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the influence of Church’s machine politics in Memphis by focusing on the election of Mayor Watkins Overton, and the resistance he experienced from white Memphians. On a national level, Church is still the most powerful black Republican in the country, but for the first time he did not actively campaign for the Republican presidential nominee, Herbert Hoover, due to Hoover’s racism. This chapter perhaps best displays the criticism Church received from members of both the black and white communities, and how he struggled to remain relevant as the black-and-tan faction became disillusioned with the Republicans.

Keywords:   Herbert Hoover, black-and-tan faction, Watkins Overton, Machine politics, Memphis

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