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Remembering the George Wallace Shooting 50 Years Later by John Rydell

When my father awoke me from a nap to tell me George Wallace had been shot and seriously wounded, I was in disbelief. After all, I had just seen the charismatic and controversial Alabama governor speak at a campaign rally hours earlier. I was a junior in high school when I heard that Wallace was going to appear at a shopping center in Wheaton. It was one day before Maryland’s presidential primary, and Wallace was crisscrossing the state in search of last-minute votes.
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Segregationist George Wallace wins Mich. Democratic presidential primary ⋆

Former Alabama Gov. George Wallace — who once declared, “I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” — won the Michigan Democratic Presidential Primary on May 16, 1972, with ease. He outpaced former Vice President Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, U.S. Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota...
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How a Failed Assassination Attempt Pushed George Wallace to Reconsider His Segregationist Views

On May 15, 1972, the man Martin Luther King Jr. once called the “most dangerous racist in America” stepped up to the podium at a suburban Washington, D.C. shopping center. The governor of Alabama and an ardent segregationist, George Wallace was in Laurel, Maryland, campaigning to become the Democratic nominee for president. He fired up the crowd by railing against busing and the elite, continuing his long-standing tactic of stirring up fears among “forgotten” white Americans.
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