Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

You'll Be the Winner When You Vote for William Winter! *

Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

You'll Be the Winner When You Vote for William Winter! *

Article excerpt

This document, produced by the 1967 Winter gubernatorial primary campaign, illustrates a thoughtful politician in the process of reforming his own perspectives on race in the Deep South. Like perhaps all politicians, his views did not always mirror his convictions, but political prudence dictated that he ride the fence on race issues and their solutions if he were to be successful in re-centering Mississippi in the national conversation. Essays in this collection detail his stance at this moment in his political career, but this document also provides Winter's political and personal autobiography and outline his true platform: good roads, good jobs, the benefits of tourism, government efficiency, and education reform. And despite his half-hearted defense of segregation, here he makes the point that he "believe[s] in abiding by the law." No doubt referring to the violent integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962, he claims, "I'm sure the people of Mississippi do not want a repetition of the incidents which in recent years have produced bloodshed and violence. …

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