For more than fifty years, Hoover has been viewed as a lily-white
racist who attempted to revitalize Republicanism in the South by
driving blacks from positions of leadership at all party levels.
Lisio demonstrates that this view is both inaccurate and
incomplete, that Hoover hoped to promote racial progress. He shows
that Hoover's efforts to reform the southern state parties led to
controversy with lily-whites as well as blacks in both the North
and the South.
Originally published in 1985.
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