Dr. Michael Smith Collection of George Wallace Memorabiila
Scope and Contents
- circa 1964-1976
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Biographical / Historical
After failing to secure a nomination for the presidency in 1964, Wallace was a candidate in the 1968 election, running as part of the anti-liberal third-party, American Independent Party. He was defeated by incumbent president Lyndon B. Johnson, but still managed to win five Southern states and 13% of the overall vote. He was again elected as Alabama's governor in 1970 and 1974. In 1972 and 1976, he unsuccessfully campaigned for the presidential nomination, this time as a Democratic candidate. During the 1972 campaign, he was shot in an assassination attempt and left paralyzed from the waist down.
During the 1980s, Wallace rejected his previous segregationist ideals and worked to stand with civil rights leaders for important racial causes. Through their support, he won the governorship a final time in 1982 with a large portion of the black vote. In 1987, due to failing health, he retired from politics. Wallace died in Montgomery, Alabama on September 13, 1998.
.5 Linear Feet (Contains 1 LP box and 1 map case folder)
Source of Acquisition
- Dr. Michael Smith Collection of George Wallace Memorabilia
- Special Collections Staff
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