Crespino's Strom Thurmond: The Last Jim Crow Demagogue and the First Sunbelt Conservative

Emory University
Published August 2, 2012
Louis Fagnan
Emory University

In this short interview, historian Joseph Crespino discusses his new book, Strom Thurmond's America (New York: Hill and Wang, 2012), a political biography of South Carolina politician Strom Thurmond. Crespino explains how his book challenges the traditional view of Strom Thurmond's politics. He also argues that Thurmond became an "establishment Republican" in the 1980s, and his moderate stance would probably lead him to be run-out of the current Republican Party. Finally, Crespino addresses the controversial topic of Thurmond's African American daughter.

Emory University, Expert Conversations on Strom Thurmond, 2012.

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