George Wallace’s ’68

For every American won over to radicalism in 1968, there was another captured by George Wallace’s right-wing populism.

Attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama, Governor George Wallace stands defiantly at the door while being confronted by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach. Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report Magazine / Library of Congress

Despite our nostalgia, the “Sixties” was a polarized time rather than a radical one. Nowhere was this clearer than in the 1968 presidential election. Richard Nixon won narrowly by portraying himself as a moderate between welfare-state Democrat Hubert Humphrey on his left and segregationist former Alabama governor George Wallace on his right. Wallace got 9.9 million […]

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