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Monday, September 24, 2012

Geoffrey Kabaservice Reviews Joseph Crespino's "Strom Thurmond's America" | The New Republic

Geoffrey Kabaservice Reviews Joseph Crespino's "Strom Thurmond's America" | The New Republic:

Quote: "As Joseph Crespino’s new biography makes clear, Thurmond lacked the integrity even of his own publicly proclaimed racism. As the Dixiecrats’ presidential candidate in 1948, Thurmond demagogically declared that the entire U.S. Army couldn’t force white southerners to “admit the nigger race into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes, and into our churches.” But two decades earlier he had fathered an illegitimate daughter with his family’s African American servant. Thurmond maintained warm relations with his daughter, Essie Mae, even while building his political career on claims of black inferiority and condemnation of miscegenation. He kept his daughter a secret until his death at age one hundred in 2003."

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