Sidney McMath:
On the civil rights issue and the fair employment and so forth, I supported the Truman civil rights program.
Interviewer:
You did?
Sidney McMath:
Yeah. 'Course, I opposed the poll tax. I tried to abolish the poll tax which was one of his plans.
Interviewer:
Federal anti-lynching law?
Sidney McMath:
Yeah, and I introduced an anti-lynching law. 'Course, we, in the State Democratic Convention in November of 1946, changed the rules so that the blacks could be members of the Democratic Party. You know, the Democratic Party was an all white party, see, and that was tantamount to disenfranchising black people. Because at that time you had no Republican Party, no viable Republican Party, and a Democratic nomination was tantamount to election. So they really didn't have anybody to vote for. So we took them into the Democratic Party.

- Sidney McMath, WWII veteran and governor of Arkansas from 1949 to 1953

Interview with Sidney McMath by John Egerton, September 8, 1990, Interview A-0352, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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