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Hubert Humphrey 1948 Civil Rights Speech

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Uploaded on Jan 25, 2009

Number 66 on the Top 100 Greatest Speeches of the 20th Century List - http://www.americanrhetoric.com/top10...

Hubert Humphrey gave this speech supporting civil rights, causing 35 delegates from Mississippi and Alabama to walk out of the 1948 Democratic National Convention. Humphrey urged the Democratic Party to "get out of the shadow of states' rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights". When President Truman endorsed this civil rights plank, governor of South Carolina Strom Thurmond helped organize the walkout of delegates into a separate party. The party Thurmond formed was called the "Dixiecrats" and it's racist slogan was "Segregation Forever!".

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