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Franklin Roosevelt's political struggle in 1938 was two-pronged: first, to neutralize the obstructionist coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats by expelling from the Democratic Party a few outspoken and defiant conservatives and replacing them with liberals, and second, to oversee the transformation of the Democratic Party into a stoutly liberal party and the GOP into the nation's conservative party. The end result, in addition to the paramount goal of rescuing ... the New Deal, was to be the injection of dynamic two-party competition into the nation and especially into the politically lifeless South.

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