Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
Disturbed by President Harry S. Truman's stand on civil rights, the Democratic Party leadership in Virginia, headed by Senator Harry Flood Byrd, determined to fight Truman's election in 1948. The Byrd organization's strategy was to keep Truman from winning Virginia's electoral votes by releasing the state's electors from the obligation to vote for the national party nominee, but Byrd's opposition managed to mount a last minute pro-Truman movement which carried the state for the President.
Original Publication Citation
Sweeney, J. R. (1974). The golden silence: The Virginia democratic party and the presidential election of 1948. Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 82(3), 351-371.
Sweeney, James R., "The Golden Silence: The Virginia Democratic Party and the Presidential Election of 1948" (1974). History Faculty Publications. 4.