George Wallace: Conservative Populist (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 202 pages
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The story of George Wallace is the odyssey of a young war veteran who entered politics to support progressive policies, but instead descended into the politics of racism following the loss of his lifetime dream of being elected Governor of Alabama in 1958. His political career demonstrates the ability of a demagogue and agitator to exploit racial fears to achieve political power.

This work traces the career of the man who symbolized Southern opposition to integration, but ironically ended up gaining overwhelming support from black voters in his final election campaign. He ultimately returned the favor by appointing a large number of blacks to state boards and commissions.

  

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Contents

From Clio Alabama to Madison Square Garden The Political Career of George Wallace
3
Throwing Down the Gauntlet George Wallaces First Inaugural Speech
11
Standing in the Schoolhouse Door
21
Testing the Waters The 1964 Campaign
31
Confrontation at Selma
43
The American Independent Party The 1968 Campaign
55
Back in the Fold The 1972 Democratic Party Primary Campaign
69
The 1976 Campaign
79
The 1964 Campaign Speech
125
Fraud Sham and Hoax July 4 1964
133
Speech to the Joint Session of the Alabama Legislature March 18 1965
145
The 1968 Campaign Speech
151
The 1972 Campaign Speech
165
The 1976 Campaign Speech
169
Retirement Speech April 12 1986
175
Statement on the 30th Anniversary of the Selma March March 10 1995
177

Conclusion
95
Collected Speeches
103
1958 Gubernatorial Campaign Election Eve Appeal May 27 1958
105
The 1963 Inaugural Address
111
Statement and Proclamation University of Alabama June 11 1963
121
Chronology of Major Speeches
179
Selected Bibliography
191
Index
199
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LLOYD ROHLER is professor of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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