The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972 Page: 197
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The Gospel of Wealth Goes South 197
opinions. Frustrated and embittered by a political-economic milieu
which he could neither understand nor accept, Kirby, with the aid
of Vance Muse and Austin Callan, organized the anti-New Deal
Southern Committee to Uphold the Constitution. He also became a
contributor to the American Liberty League and attended the August
1936 Detroit convention which founded the National Jeffersonian
Democrats. His reputation by that time, however, had degenerated
to the point that the politic Jeffersonian Democrats failed to include
him in the list of official delegates, and Congressman Maury Maverick
described Kirby as the "trigger man of special interests that destroyed
the timber resources of the people of Texas and Louisiana ... an old
bore . . . who doesn't control ten votes in the whole United States.""
"Kenneth G. Crawford, The Pressure Boys: The Inside Story of Lobbying in America
(New York, 1939), 164. See also George Wolfskill, The Revolt of the Conservatives: A
History of the American Liberty League, I934-z94o (Boston, 1962), 175-176, 234, 24o-
242, for an account of Kirby's anti-New Deal activities.
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