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Bourbon, Pork Chops, and Red Peppers

Title: Bourbon, Pork Chops, and Red Peppers: Political Immorality in Florida, 1945-1968.
Name(s): Weitz, Seth A., 1979-, author
Jones, James P., professor directing dissertation
O’Sullivan, Patrick, outside committee member
Jones, Maxine, committee member
Wynot, Edward D., committee member
Department of History, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: While Florida was a member of the "solid South", it differed from the rest of the region in that the state experienced a population boom, transforming the peninsula from a backwater, poor, insignificant state into one of the largest states by 1965. Many of the new Floridians brought with them political beliefs alien to the Deep South. These principles threatened to undermine the deeply entrenched system dominated by the Pork Chop Gang, a group of conservative, states' rights, segregationist Democrats from rural Northern and Central Florida. They held a stranglehold over the Legislature due to archaic apportioning which had been mandated by the Constitution of 1885. The Pork Choppers took their cue from Senator Joe McCarthy and McCarthyism in Florida, commencing at the end of the Senator's national reign of terror, proved a methodical and orderly assault on all opponents of the region, whether they be Communists, African-Americans, homosexuals or liberals. The perceived threats against morality, white supremacy and the concocted communist hazard were used as an excuse and disguise to purge Florida of its enemies and more importantly maintain the power of the Pork Chop Gang in the face of its growing political enemies.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1195 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of History in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2007.
Date of Defense: March 16, 2007.
Keywords: Florida, Politics, Pork Chop Gang, McCarthyism, NAACP
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: James P. Jones, Professor Directing Dissertation; Patrick O’Sullivan, Outside Committee Member; Maxine Jones, Committee Member; Edward D. Wynot, Committee Member.
Subject(s): History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Weitz, S. A. (2007). Bourbon, Pork Chops, and Red Peppers: Political Immorality in Florida, 1945-1968. Retrieved from