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Title: More than a passive interest
Authors: Palmer, NA
Keywords: American presidency;American history;Warren Harding administration;Black American history;Lynching;Congress
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Citation: Journal of American Studies, 48(2): 417 - 443, (2014)
Abstract: Abstract The defeat of the Dyer anti-lynching bill in 1922 was a turning point in relations between black Americans and the Republican Party. Little is understood, however, about the role played in the debates by President Warren Harding. This article contends that Harding's conflicted approach to presidential leadership caused him to mishandle the bill. The President's inability to choose between restrained 'whig' leadership and a more active 'stewardship' role resulted in an unstable executive style. The Dyer bill's failure was affected by this dilemma as black hopes were alternately raised and dashed by Harding's indecision. The bitterness of the bill's ultimate defeat was thus heightened, with severe consequences for the Republican party's long term electoral relationship with black voters.
ISSN: 1469-5154
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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