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  •  Holy Cow - I never knew James Byrnes (2+ / 0-)
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    became a Republican late in life.  James "Jimmy" Byrnes was a staunch opponent of the Ku Klux Klan, and, as a United States Senator, supported the entire New Deal, even FDR's court packing plan.  He was a close advisor to FDR, and FDR put him on the Supreme Court.  He was considered the favorite to be FDR's running mate in 1944, which would have made him President instead of Truman, and promised to support and strengthen FDR's Fair Practice Employment Commission - requiring all government contractors during the war not to discriminate based on race, religion or national origin - Byrnes promised to keep the FPEC going in peacetime.  Instead of VP, he became Truman's Secretary of State.

    He was as staunch a liberal as South Carolina has ever produced, an important figure in American history and in the development of the Democratic Party, and I am shocked that he switched parties during the 1960's.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 03:48:20 PM PST

    •  I never knew much about Byrnes... (1+ / 0-)
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      Sharon Wraight

      until watching Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States on showtime....  Lets just say Oliver tends to not portray him in the best light...same for Truman for that matter....  so far I think the message I am suppose to get is that Henry Wallace got fucked over.....  

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