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The Legacy of J. William FulbrightPolicy, Power, and Ideology$
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Alessandro Brogi, Giles Scott-Smith, and Snyder David J.

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177700

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177700.001.0001

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The Power of the One-Party South in National Politics

The Power of the One-Party South in National Politics

Segregation in the Career of J. William Fulbright

(p.32) The Power of the One-Party South in National Politics
The Legacy of J. William Fulbright

Neal Allen

University Press of Kentucky

As an elected official from Arkansas, J. William Fulbright was a consistent opponent of civil rights legislation throughout his career. While this opposition was often in conflict with his liberal internationalist allies in Washington, it was foundational for his political career and rise to power. His segregationist stance was necessary for him to stay in office and advance in the Senate’s seniority system. The one-party segregationist South empowered Fulbright as a national politician, although it blocked a possible move into the executive branch.

Keywords:   Civil rights, South, Segregation, Democratic Party, Seniority, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

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