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Yellow Dog Democrats is a political term that was applied to voters in the Southern United States who voted solely for candidates who represented the Democratic Party. The term originated in the late 19th century. These voters would allegedly "vote for a yellow dog before they would vote for any Republican". The term is now more generally applied to refer to any Democrat who will vote a straight party ticket under any circumstances. The South Carolina Democratic Party and Mississippi Democratic Party, among other state parties, continue to use the phrase to refer to committed members of the Democratic Party in the "Yellow Dog Club".

The phrase "yellow dog" may be a reference to a breed of dog known as the Carolina Dog indigenous to the Americas, specifically the Southern United States, and not descended from Eurasian breeds.

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The phrase "Yellow Dog Democrat" is thought to have achieved popularity during the 1928 presidential race between Democratic candidate Al Smith and Republican candidate Herbert Hoover, when Senator J. Thomas Heflin (D-Alabama) crossed party lines and formally supported Hoover. Many Southern voters disliked several items on Smith's platform, as well as his Roman Catholic faith, but still voted for him.

The term was also used by Abraham Lincoln in an 1848 speech on the presidential campaign of General Zachary Taylor, whose Democratic opponent was General Lewis Cass. Lincoln derided Cass as one of several recent Democratic presidential candidates in the mold of Andrew Jackson by saying:

A fellow once advertised that he had made a discovery by which he could make a new man out of an old one, and have enough of the stuff left to make a little yellow dog. Just such a discovery has Gen. Jackson's popularity been to you [Democrats]. You not only twice made President of him out of it, but you have had enough of the stuff left to make Presidents of several comparatively small men since; and it is your chief reliance now to make still another.

In the run-up to the 1892 presidential election, African-American journalist C. H. J. Taylor of Kansas City, Kansas, in his paper The American Citizen, used the term to refer to Republicans in the West who, he wrote, "would vote for a yellow dog out there if he was named Republican." In 1893, the Kansas City Journal, a Republican paper, criticized "This thing of voting for 'yaller dogs', and expecting them to turn black-and-tan after the election," with reference to Missouri voters always voting for Democrats, then being surprised at their allegedly invariable corruption.

In the 1900 Kentucky gubernatorial contest involving Kentucky Governor William Goebel, Theodore Hallam was criticized at a Democratic Party meeting for first supporting Goebel, then campaigning against him. The critic pointed out that Hallam earlier had said "if the Democrats of Kentucky, in convention assembled, nominated a yaller dog for governor you would vote for him" and asked "why do you now repudiate the nominee of that convention, the Honorable William Goebel?" Hallam responded:

"I admit," he stated blandly, "that I said then what I now repeat, namely, that when the Democratic Party of Kentucky, in convention assembled, sees fit in its wisdom to nominate a yaller dog for the governorship of this great state, I will support him — but lower than that ye shall not drag me!"

There are indications that the term was in widespread and easily understandable use by 1923. In a letter written in Huntland, Tennessee, by W. L. Moore of Kansas City, Missouri, on May 9, 1923, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, Moore writes:[citation needed]

I am a Democrat from inheritance, from prejudice and principle, if the principle suits me. But I have passed the yaller dog degree.

  1. "A Solid Leader for Solid South". LIFE. Vol. 40, no. 21. Chicago: Time. May 21, 1956. pp. 31–35. Page 34 "We're pretty much yellow-dog Democrats here," said an Arkansan last week, explaining the state would vote Democratic even if the party nominates a "yellow dog."
  2. Morton, Julius Sterling (August 11, 1898). "In Old Times". The Conservative. Nebraska City, Nebraska: Morton Print. Co. 1 (5): 6.. The Republican party of Nebraska, when its nomination to a state office was equivalent to an election, boasted that it could run "a yellow dog" for Governor and beat the best and ablest Democrat named for that office.
  3. "Yellow Dog Democrats". scdp.org. South Carolina Democratic Party. 2016. RetrievedDecember 24, 2016.
  4. "Yellow Dogs". Mississippi Democratic Party. RetrievedDecember 10, 2017.
  5. Hitt, Jack (July 15, 2013). "D.N.A. Backs Lore on Pre-Columbian Dogs". New York Times. RetrievedJuly 15, 2013.
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  7. Lincoln Speeches, Abraham Lincoln, Penguin Civic Classics Series
  8. "Democrats?" The American Citizen, June 17, 1892, p. 1
  9. "The Farce Over", Kansas City Journal, March 2, 1893, p. 4
  10. Irvin S. Cobb, Exit Laughing, Bobbs-Merrill, 1941.

Yellow dog Democrat Article Talk Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Yellow Dog Democrat Yellow Dog Democrats is a political term that was applied to voters in the Southern United States who voted solely for candidates who represented the Democratic Party The term originated in the late 19th century These voters would allegedly vote for a yellow dog before they would vote for any Republican 1 2 The term is now more generally applied to refer to any Democrat who will vote a straight party ticket under any circumstances The South Carolina Democratic Party and Mississippi Democratic Party among other state parties continue to use the phrase to refer to committed members of the Democratic Party in the Yellow Dog Club 3 4 The phrase yellow dog may be a reference to a breed of dog known as the Carolina Dog indigenous to the Americas specifically the Southern United States and not descended from Eurasian breeds 5 Contents 1 History and usage 2 See also 3 References 4 External linksHistory and usage EditThe phrase Yellow Dog Democrat is thought 6 to have achieved popularity during the 1928 presidential race between Democratic candidate Al Smith and Republican candidate Herbert Hoover when Senator J Thomas Heflin D Alabama crossed party lines and formally supported Hoover Many Southern voters disliked several items on Smith s platform as well as his Roman Catholic faith but still voted for him The term was also used by Abraham Lincoln in an 1848 speech on the presidential campaign of General Zachary Taylor whose Democratic opponent was General Lewis Cass Lincoln derided Cass as one of several recent Democratic presidential candidates in the mold of Andrew Jackson by saying A fellow once advertised that he had made a discovery by which he could make a new man out of an old one and have enough of the stuff left to make a little yellow dog Just such a discovery has Gen Jackson s popularity been to you Democrats You not only twice made President of him out of it but you have had enough of the stuff left to make Presidents of several comparatively small men since and it is your chief reliance now to make still another 7 In the run up to the 1892 presidential election African American journalist C H J Taylor of Kansas City Kansas in his paper The American Citizen used the term to refer to Republicans in the West who he wrote would vote for a yellow dog out there if he was named Republican 8 In 1893 the Kansas City Journal a Republican paper criticized This thing of voting for yaller dogs and expecting them to turn black and tan after the election 9 with reference to Missouri voters always voting for Democrats then being surprised at their allegedly invariable corruption In the 1900 Kentucky gubernatorial contest involving Kentucky Governor William Goebel Theodore Hallam was criticized at a Democratic Party meeting for first supporting Goebel then campaigning against him The critic pointed out that Hallam earlier had said if the Democrats of Kentucky in convention assembled nominated a yaller dog for governor you would vote for him and asked why do you now repudiate the nominee of that convention the Honorable William Goebel Hallam responded I admit he stated blandly that I said then what I now repeat namely that when the Democratic Party of Kentucky in convention assembled sees fit in its wisdom to nominate a yaller dog for the governorship of this great state I will support him but lower than that ye shall not drag me 10 There are indications that the term was in widespread and easily understandable use by 1923 In a letter written in Huntland Tennessee by W L Moore of Kansas City Missouri on May 9 1923 on the occasion of his 90th birthday Moore writes citation needed I am a Democrat from inheritance from prejudice and principle if the principle suits me But I have passed the yaller dog degree See also EditBlue Dog Coalition a caucus of United States Congressional Representatives of the Democratic Party who identify as moderates or fiscal conservatives Boll weevil a segregationist Southern Democrat used in the mid and late 20th century Congressional Progressive Caucus Conservative Democrat Factions in the Democratic Party Solid South Straight ticket votingReferences Edit A Solid Leader for Solid South LIFE Vol 40 no 21 Chicago Time May 21 1956 pp 31 35 Page 34 We re pretty much yellow dog Democrats here said an Arkansan last week explaining the state would vote Democratic even if the party nominates a yellow dog Morton Julius Sterling August 11 1898 In Old Times The Conservative Nebraska City Nebraska Morton Print Co 1 5 6 The Republican party of Nebraska when its nomination to a state office was equivalent to an election boasted that it could run a yellow dog for Governor and beat the best and ablest Democrat named for that office Yellow Dog Democrats scdp org South Carolina Democratic Party 2016 Retrieved December 24 2016 Yellow Dogs Mississippi Democratic Party Retrieved December 10 2017 Hitt Jack July 15 2013 D N A Backs Lore on Pre Columbian Dogs New York Times Retrieved July 15 2013 Yellow dog Democrats wais stanford edu Retrieved February 7 2019 Lincoln Speeches Abraham Lincoln Penguin Civic Classics Series Democrats The American Citizen June 17 1892 p 1 The Farce Over Kansas City Journal March 2 1893 p 4 Irvin S Cobb Exit Laughing Bobbs Merrill 1941 External links Edithttp www yellowdogdemocrat com history htm http www merrycoz org voices bartlett AMER10 HTM http gaslight mtroyal ab ca exitX16 htm http userwww service emory edu marisa hrmoore letter html http legacy c span org questions weekly55 asp Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Yellow dog Democrat amp oldid 1084313101, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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