A few pages in, I found this:
"In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."
- Inaugural Address, January 1963
"The time has come for American citizens...to quit unfair discrimination to give the negro a full chance to earn a decent living for his family and to contribute to higher standards for himself and for all men."
- Speech to the North Carolina Press Association, January 1963
Did Wallace knowingly sign on to a federal commission, despite his efforts to content that segregation was a states' rights issue? Did he not see the significant overlap between anti-poverty and desegregation efforts? Did he think that the ARC would have no bearing on segregation? Did the two ever meet in person? Was Sanford's address a response of sorts to Wallace? So much to learn here.
The South's history is fraught with contradictions and complications. Add this one to the list.
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