From the end of Reconstruction until the 1950s, Texas was classified as part of the “Solid South,” consistently electing Democrats to national, state, and local office. After World War II, however, a new politics began to emerge throughout the South that ultimately made the region as solidly Republican as it had once been Democratic.
Allan Shivers wielded extraordinary influence in this about-face. Serving as governor from 1949 to 1957, Shivers stands as an important transitional figure who, while staying within the Democratic Party all his life, nonetheless led Texas into Eisenhower’s column and toward a new political alignment.
Author Ricky F. Dobbs traces the political career of Allan Shivers from his student days at the University of Texas, through his World War II service with the 36th Infantry and various state offices, to his role within the party after leaving the governor’s mansion. Throughout, Dobbs places Shivers’s career in the context of the modernization and urbanization that changed the state and regional picture. He portrays Shivers as one of the state’s most powerful governors and compellingly shows his influence on modern Texas.
What Readers Are Saying:
“If you have the slightest interest in politics or if you remember Allan Shivers, get a copy of Yellow Dogs and Republicans.” --Mexia Daily News
“Dobbs…delves more into the governor’s character than any previous writer…Ricky Dobb’s book is valuable for anyone attempting to understand Texas politics after World War II and the rise of presidential Republicanism in Texas and the South.” --Journal of Southern History
“His masterful treatment of Allan Shivers’ political career is a welcome addition to the literature. . . . This well researched and elegantly written book should be of interest to both scholars and students of modern Texas politics.” --East Texas Historical Journal