Strom Thurmond: Keynote Address at the States’ Rights Democratic Conference

(1948)

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Governor Wright, Governor Laney, and Fellow Democrats of the South:

We have gathered here today because the American system of free constitutional government is in danger.

We are here because we have been betrayed in the house of our fathers, and we are determined that those who committed this betrayal shall not go unpunished.

We intend to meet the challenge and save constitutional government in the United States.

We shall discharge our responsibility as Democrats true to the principles of our Party, and demonstrate to the Nation that the spirit which kindled this Republic still lives in the South.

Whenever a great section of this country is regarded as so politically impotent that one major political party insults it because it is “in the bag”, and the other party scorns it because there is no chance of victory, then the time has arrived for corrective and concerted action.…

We want no one to be mistaken or misled. We are going to fight, as long as we have breath, for the...

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