Dixie's Dirty Secret

How the Government, the Media and the Mob Reshaped the Modern Republican Party Into the Image of the Old Confederacy
 
 
Sartoris Literary Group (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 5. Oktober 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 378 Seiten
978-1-941644-32-4 (ISBN)
 
When Dixie's Dirty Secret was first published in 1998, it was the first book to ever expose the super-secret Mississippi Sovereignty Commission and the involvement of the government, the right-wing news media, and organized crime in combating the civil rights movement. This newly published edition, with nearly 20 years of new information, is a revised, greatly expanded analysis of that era that demonstrates how white resistance to racial integration in the South transformed the Republican Party into a right-wing reflection of Old Confederacy values.
In the United States, the Republican Party's "Southern Strategy" is now in full bloom, a reincarnation of Old Confederacy values that are based on states' rights, foreign isolation and the demonization of blacks. Dixie's Dirty Secret traces the moral and political disintegration of the Republican Party, beginning with a 1955 secret gathering in Memphis, Tennessee, and continuing to the present day transformation of the Republican Party into one that has adopted white identity as its major platform, in the process losing the respect of both the majority of Americans and the international community.
Inspired by Mississippi's refusal to ratify the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery until 1995, GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump opened campaign headquarters in Mississippi to learn how the state has "handled" its blacks. Was the idea to take the Mississippi Plan nationwide? In this book, learn how the state's white leadership, has blocked blacks from being elected to statewide offices for 138 years, how they have used the winner-take-all provision of the Electoral College to nullify black votes for president, and how through legal and social pressures they have created reservations for blacks similar to the ones created in another century for Native Americans. Mississippi has more black elected officials than any other state, but none of them are empowered to govern beyond their reservations.
Dixie's Dirty Secret exposes the longest running political gambit in American history and paints a frightful picture of the future of the United States if the current trend in politics continues. How did the populist Democratic Party lose its blue collar and Southern base? How did the elitist, stiff-upper-lip Republican Party become a vehicle for racism and right-wing political anarchy?
  • Englisch
  • USA
  • Fadenheftung
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  • Gewebe-Einband
15 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • Höhe: 235 mm
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  • Breite: 157 mm
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  • Dicke: 24 mm
  • 699 gr
978-1-941644-32-4 (9781941644324)
Journalist James L. Dickerson has published numerous biographies and histories, including Devil's Sanctuary: An Eyewitness History of Mississippi Hate Crimes, Yellow Fever: A Deadly Disease Poised to Kill Again, and The Hero Among Us: Memoirs of an FBI Witness Hunter. An award-winning journalist, he has worked as a staff writer for three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), the Clarion-Ledger/Jackson Daily News (Jackson, MS) and the Delta Democrat-Times (Greenville, MS). He is a leading writer of civil rights history and organized crime in the South. His writing is listed in the FBI's Bibliography Related to Crime Scene Interpretation with Emphases in Forensic Geotaphonomic and Forensic Archaeological Field Techniques, compiled by Special Agent Michael J. Hochrein. He is a former book critic for the Toronto Star, the Baltimore Sun, the Nashville Tennessean, BookPage, and the Jackson Free Press.
"Mississippians will recognize many names in this book, its governors, politicians and media figures. It's bound to spark outrage, and dispute, but more importantly, it should raise serious questions about the "white speak" that masquerades as political discourse both locally and nationally, and its effect on elections and public policy. While inferences and suppositions can be disputed, Dickerson's extensive research (the ample notes and references section is itself fascinating) provides facts beyond dispute. Focusing on the Deep South and its past, Dickerson has provided an eye-opener about the roots of this remarkable presidential election that should be required reading for a greater understanding of how we as a nation came to be politically where we are today."--Jim Ewing, Clarion-Ledger



"Dirty isn't nearly harsh enough to describe the 20-year- reign of intimidation and deceit perpetuated by the secret state agency founded to defy the Supreme Court's order for school desegregation. Dickerson, a veteran journalist and author of Goin' Back to Memphis (which studied the influence of organized crime and politics on Memphis music), traces the commission's genesis in 1955, its escalating use of unlawful tactics (including spying dirty tricks, media manipulation and forced conscription of political enemies) in the 1960s, its eventual demise in the 1970s . . . It's a bizarre story, involving organized crime, presidential and congressional politics, assassination conspiracies and government corruption of sickening proportions."--Kirkus Reviews



"Bound to rekindle anger over recent American history, this tersely written investigative account attempts to show how such forces as the so-called Dixie Mafia, together with such high-level institutions as Hoover's FBI, sought to halt integration in the South after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954"--Publishers Weekly

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