Alabama Governor George Wallace was one of several white Southern Democratic politicians who bitterly fought against the federal government’s attempts to integrate the South. In 1962, after being sworn in as governor of Alabama. Wallace openly defied the Supreme Court’s orders to eliminate state segregation policies, proclaiming them to be inconsistent with Christianity and American freedom.
Wallace’s forceful words and actions to support his racist position earned him a leading role in hte anit-integration movement in the South that would lead to runs for the presidency in 1968 and 1972, when he was paralyzed by a would-be assassin’s bullet. Years later, Wallace apologized fo rhis racist beliefs.
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