Dog Whistle Politics Of The 1960s

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Jacob Garbison
Professor Sean Trundle
History 355
4 December 2014
Dog Whistle Politics of the 1960s
On July 2, after signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act, President Lyndon B. Johnson reportedly said to his staff, “I think we just gave the South to the Republicans for your lifetime and mine.” (Perlstein 365) He was wrong. Although he never lived to see it, Jimmy Carter won a Democratic South in 1976 - but it was for the last time. Nonetheless, the party which had dominated the South for almost a century had put it up for grabs with the stroke of a pen. The impact of racism on presidential politics during the ‘60s is difficult to overstate. Race and racially coded language in particular played a profound role in the GOPs success at winning the Democratic South.
George Wallace, an Alabama Democrat ran for Governor as a moderate in 1958, only to be defeated by a racial demagogue with the help of the KKK. After the election he reportedly told an aide, “..I was outniggered by John Patterson. And I 'll tell you here and now, I will never be outniggered again."(Lopez 15) Wallace ran again in ‘62 on a segregationist platform- the only Southern politician to [adopt a more racist stance] during the fifties. He won, and famously declared in his inaugural speech, “Segregation now, Segregation tomorrow, Segregation forever.”
The speech that would define Wallace, however, wasn’t given until the following year. After President John F Kennedy ordered the 2nd Infantry division to enforce…
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