Wallace, George C.

Segregationist Alabama governor, 1968 3rd party presidential candidate, shot in 1972

Price: $90.00

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(1919-1998) 45th Governor of Alabama, served 1963–1967, 1971–1979 & 1983–1987. Best known for his Southern populist, pro-segregation attitudes during the civil rights era. To stop desegregation by the enrollment of black students Vivian Malone & James Hood, he stood in front of Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama on June 11, 1963, later known as the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door". After being confronted by US marshals, Deputy Attorney General Katzenbach, and the Alabama National Guard, he stood aside. He again attempted to stop 4 Black students from enrolling in 4 separate elementary schools in Huntsville in September 1963. After intervention by a federal court in Birmingham, the children were allowed to enter on Sept. 9, becoming the first to integrate a primary or secondary school in Alabama. Wallace announced that he was a born-again Christian in the late 70s, and apologized to Black civil rights leaders for his earlier segregationist views. He ran for US president 4 times, 3 times as a Democrat (1964, 1972 & 1976) and in 1968, as candidate of the American Independent Party (with Curtis LeMay as his running mate), he carried 5 Southern states and won almost 10 million popular votes; he was the last non-Democrat, non-Republican candidate to win any electoral votes. Wallace was shot 5 times by Arthur Bremer while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland, on May 15, 1972. The assassination attempt left him paralyzed; he used a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Color ISP as Governor, 10 x 8 borderless bust portrait inscribed “To my friend/George Wallace/Colbert -,/Best wishes/[2nd signature]/Gov Ala/Aug 20, 1974".

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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