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:" White Republicans as well as Democrats solicited black votes but reluctantly rewarded blacks with nominations for office only when necessary, even then reserving the more choice positions for whites.
The results were predictable: these half-a-loaf gestures satisfied neither black nor white Republicans.
The fatal weakness of the Republican party in Alabama, as elsewhere in the South, was its inability to create a biracial political party.
And while in power even briefly, they failed to protect their members from Democratic terror.
Alabama Republicans were forever on the defensive, verbally and physically.

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