To what do you attribute that Republican development?
Claude Pepper:
Well, I don't know. It's kind of hard to figure out. It may be that there is a legacy of social conservatism. Usually, in the past, the conservative cause has been aided by the prejudice of those who opposed any kind of civil rights activity. Any liberal who honestly was a liberal and thereby indicated some appreciation of humanitarianism and exhibited concern for the people, would find himself sooner or later taking a forward looking, I think an American, position on civil rights. As soon as he did that, no matter what other virtues he had, he aroused an enormous amount of sometimes emotional opposition.

- Claude Pepper, former senator of Florida from 1936 to 1951

Interview with Claude Pepper by Jack Bass and Walter DeVries, February 1, 1974, Interview A-0056, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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