TEXAS: On Bended Knee

The Democratic tradition of a solid South runs deep in the heart of Texas. Only twice—in 1928 (Hoover) and 1952 (Eisenhower)—has the state gone Republican in a national election. But during the long Roosevelt reign, party rebels rose like bluebonnets in the spring. An anti-Administration faction formed as early as 1936, and in subsequent presidential years there were others: in 1940 those who opposed a third F.D.R. term, in 1944 the "Regulars," in 1948 the "Dixiecrats," and in 1952 the "Shivercrats." Of all these infidels, only the Shivercrats committed the cardinal...

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