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Name: Louisiana. State Sovereignty Commission

Historical Note: The Louisiana State Sovereignty Commission was formed in June 1960 and based out of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. It was modeled on the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, the Louisiana commission’s philosophy mirrored that of the Mississippi commission and similar organizations throughout southern states in that it espoused states rights, anti-communist and segregationist ideas, with a particular focus on maintaining the status quo in race relations. It was closely allied with the Louisiana Joint Legislative Committee on Un-American Activities.
Sources: Adam Fairclough. Race and Democracy: The Civil Rights Struggle in Louisiana, 1915-1972. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1995.
Note Author: Christopher Harter

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