U.S. At War: The Still-Simmering South

Three of Mississippi's nine Democratic electors suddenly announced that they would cast their votes for Harry Byrd, fourth was ready to follow suit. And it was too late, apparently, to do anything much about it. While there was yet time (before September 7), New Dealers had not put a pro-Roosevelt list of electors on the ballot. Mindful of the Texas fracas, Governor Thomas L. Bailey had assured Mississippi that all nine electors promised to support the Roosevelt-Truman ticket. But last week, long after the state's Sept. 7 deadline, the four anti-Roosevelt electors apparently decided that the racial plank of the...

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