Morehead State Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

John J. Hanrahan

Second Advisor

Jack E. Bizzel

Third Advisor

John Kleber


The thesis of the research is that the States' Right Movement of 1948 in Mississippi helped to create a new political awareness among blacks for the first time since Radical Reconstruction. As a result of the Dixiecrat revolt against Truman and civil rights, blacks in the state became more assertive about their rights and in 1948 organized themselves gradually to demand their civil rights. In response to the Dixiecrat Movement can be found the origins of the civil rights movement of the fifties and sixties.



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