South Carolina: "Heart of the Solid South" | History of SC Slide Collection

Since the end of Reconstruction, South Carolina had been regarded as the heart of the "Solid South," where only the Democratic Party elected officeholders on either the state or national level. The success of Dwight D. Eisenhower in South Carolina, in rallying "Democrats for Eisenhower" to a Republican presidential candidate, and the emergence of widespread dissatisfaction with policies of the national Democratic Party, led to a slow resurgence of the Republican Party in South Carolina. By 1960, Democrats in Richland County were worried enough to appeal to voters to continue their loyalty to the "single-party" system that had dominated South Carolina for so long.

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