Historical Note


When I wrote my column on the Trent Lott controversy last week, I intended to include a link to the Dixiecrat platform of 1948. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a copy online.

Thanks to The Smoking Gun, I can link to it now.

Question: Why was this platform adopted in Oklahoma City? The Dixiecrats weren't even on the ballot in Oklahoma. And the Democratic convention they walked out on took place in Philadelphia. Any political historians out there with an answer?

UPDATE: So it turns out the reason is pretty simple: This isn't the national Dixiecrat platform. It is, as the Smoking Gun page has been revised to explain, the platform of "the Oklahoma branch," which presumably cooked up a document of its own while it should have been trying to get onto the ballot.