MISSISSIPPI: Just Two More Times

Mississippi's Senator Theodore Gilmore ("The Man") Bilbo, still champion of white supremacy at 68, had an important communiqué for the waiting world. He smoothed his bright red necktie, adjusted the diamond horseshoe stickpin that he bought for $92.50 at a 1916 auction. Then he announced:

"After long meditation, cogitation and rumination, I have definitely made up my mind to run for re-election [to a third term]. ... I am ready to wage the most strenuous fight of my life in an effort to defeat the Fair Employment Practices Commission, the anti-poll tax bill, the anti-lynching bill and the $4 billion...

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