The party changed, but attitudes remain
I have read similar articles on the Democratic Party and the KKK as published in the Sept. 22 edition of the Maryland Independent [“The history of the Democratic Party and the Ku Klux Klan,” Letters to the Editor, Page A8].
I certainly do not question the facts of that letter but it stops short of present-day reality. It fails to follow the evolution of the Democratic Party in the South. That is, when civil rights and desegregation became more of a national issue, a sizable group of that party morphed into Dixiecrats. They were unsuccessful, but eventually in the 1970s they evolved into Republicans. So today what was originally called the Solid Democratic South is now the Solid Republican South.
Party affiliation in the South has changed, but attitudes pretty much remain the same as before the evolution.
Gene Clark, White Plains