Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a dissenting group of Democrats in the South who formed the States' Rights Party in 1948.

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  • n. a member of the Democratic Party of the United States of America, from the southern United States, one of the former territories of the Confederate States of America, who hold socially conservative viewpoints, and supports racial segregation and white power
  • n. a member of the States' Rights Democratic Party of the United States of America

Etymologies

Dixie 1 + (Demo)crat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of Dixie and Democrat (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term Dixiecrat is a portmanteau of Dixie, referring to the Southern United States, and Democrat, referring to the United States Democratic Party.

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  • Another former "Dixiecrat" is Democrat Senator Ernest Hollings who put up the Confederate flag over the state capitol when he was the governor of South Carolina.

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  • Dixiecrat is the term used in the 1860's for southern democrats who fought Republican President Lincoln as he tried to emancipate the slaves.

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  • Especially in these "Dixiecrat" - heavy areas, new voters are much less likely to be the super-conservative "registers D but votes R for national races" kind. by: you @ soon

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  • A discerning listener may notice that Johnson has to wait a rather long spell to be invited into the conversation between Governor Manchin, who is widely perceived as a "Dixiecrat" with several scandals floating around him, and pro-unborn life Weeks, who is willing to face up to Manchin, yet remains very skeptical of progressive ideals.

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  • How the exclusions from core minimum wage and overtime protections of domestic workers and agricultural workers, jobs that largely employed African Americans in the 1930's, was a trade-off to get the votes of Southern "Dixiecrat" Congressmembers to support the minimum wage laws.

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  • As I've pointed out before, a distressingly large portion of Florida's registered Democrats are of the "Dixiecrat" ilk who tend to vote Republican in presidential elections.

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  • When [in 1948] Strom Thurmond ran [as a "Dixiecrat"] for president, we [in Mississippi] voted for him.

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  • It was from the state capitol in Columbia that the late Sen. Strom Thurmond launched his "Dixiecrat" segregationist presidential campaign in 1948; that same building still bears the bullet-pocked scars of Gen. Sherman's March to the Sea in the Civil War.

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  • At Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th-birthday party Dec. 5, 2002 -- a month after the Republicans reclaimed control of the Senate from the Democrats -- Lott noted Thurmond's 1948 run for president on the anti-civil-rights "Dixiecrat" ticket and said that "we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years" had Thurmond won.

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