Kevin M. Kruse @KevinMKruse Historian. Author/editor of White Flight; The New Suburban History; Spaces of the Modern City; Fog of War; One Nation Under God; Fault Lines. Feb. 08, 2019 1 min read

The violent assault in this story -- the blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard -- had national ramifications.

It led Truman to embrace civil rights, which in turn sparked the Dixiecrat rebellion, which then fueled the larger party realignment over civil rights.
 https://www.postandcourier.com/columnists/column-a-cop-gouged-out-a-black-vet-s-eyes/article_b112cf02-2a7d-11e9-ad8c-07e0bc45c3aa.html 

Here's an old thread I did about the Woodard blinding and its aftermath:

And another thread on how Truman's embrace of civil rights impacted the larger arc of the party realignment on the issue:

This is a story that reshaped America. It's long overdue that locals consider what it meant for their town too.


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