National Affairs: Mississippi Mud

Harry Truman's 1948 attempt to punish Mississippi Dixiecrats, and reward the boys who didn't walk out on him, came to a sorry little anticlimax last week in Jackson, Miss. A federal grand jury indicted twelve politicos, including the leaders of Mississippi's pro-Truman State Democratic Committee, for peddling Federal patronage jobs to the highest bidder (TIME, April 23). Among those indicted: Clarence E. Hood Jr., former acting Democratic National Committeeman; Frank Mize, chairman of the pro-Truman committee and brother of a federal judge. The crimes alleged are both petty and sleazy. The committee leaders are accused of charging up to $2,000 for...

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