American States Rights Association

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The American States Rights Association was a segregationist group based in Birmingham, Alabama founded in early 1954. In some sense the group represented the business arm of the White Citizens Council consisting of leading businessmen and civic leaders of the state. State senator Sam Engelhardt Jr. and Walter C. Givhan were leading members of the group.[1]

The group sponsored Asa Carter on a radio talk show program on station WILD in Birmingham. Carter focused his attacks upon race mixers and communism, but when he began to attack the Jews and their role in these movements, the American States Rights Association withdrew their support for Carter and his program.[2]

In 1955 the group also published the book The Race Problem from the Standpoint of One who is Concerned about the Evils of Miscegenation by professor W. C. George.


  1. The Rise of Massive Resistance: Race and Politics in the South During the 1950's by Numan V. Bartley, page 87
  2. The Outlaw Asa Carter: New documentary explores a complicated life