Type of Document Dissertation Author Weitz, Seth A. URN etd-04052007-183052 Title Bourbon, Pork Chops, and Red Peppers: Political Immorality in Florida, 1945-1968 Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department History, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title James P. Jones Committee Chair Edward D. Wynot Committee Member Maxine Jones Committee Member Patrick O'Sullivan Committee Member Keywords
- Pork Chop Gang
Date of Defense 2007-03-16 Availability unrestricted AbstractWhile 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.
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