Interview with Harry McPherson

Did the Democratic Coalition, Roosevelt Coalition fall apart in '68?


It, it's possible, that the, yeah, I think that's probably so. The Democratic Coalition that had, that FDR had helped to put together, the South, the big city masses, as they were described, Blacks, ah, that coalition was falling apart. An enormous number of White southerners voted for George Wallace. Ah, Humphrey while he only lost to Nixon by a very small number of votes, lost to Nixon and Wallace by a huge number of votes. The Democratic liberal tradition had, ah, been, ah, was voted down overwhelmingly in 1968 and again in '72. And it has had a great deal of trouble ever since. I believe race is one of--racial differences and racial animosities is one of the main reasons that is so.