Conn, Harry
May 1952
New Republic;5/12/52, Vol. 126 Issue 19, p9
This article focuses on the Richard Brevard Russell of Georgia, de-facto leader of the United States Senate and Southern candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination, cannot be relegated to the role of another inconsequential regional contender. In Russell is embodied much of the considerable political power of the South, solidified in a, determined effort to influence both the selection of, the candidate and platform, of the Party at the Chicago convention in July-particularly on the issue of civil rights. At 54, Russell is fifth in Senate seniority. The added fact that he is a Southerner makes the Georgian probably the most powerful than in that body today. Russell has been the focal figure in, the South's determined stand to resist advances in civil rights. Around him have rallied the extremists of racial segregation.


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