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It is...kind of incredible to cite Katznelson’s book and miss the hundreds of pages devoted to southern Democrats abandoning the New Deal because it inadvertently undermined the racial caste system they were trying to preserve.
That’s not a small part of the book! Their racist welfare chauvinism failed, and they decided if black people would benefit from the new deal, then it must be opposed, even if their constituents would also be harmed by that opposition. Sound familiar?
Yeah I’m not sure why Williamson would have cited Katznelson’s book as supporting his theory of Dixiecrats relationship to the New Deal and the party, because it says the opposite. He quotes the first passage here...and basically ignores what happens next.
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