Milestones Jul. 7, 2003

DIED. STROM THURMOND, 100, the longest-serving U.S. Senator in history; in Edgefield, S.C. Thurmond will be forever linked to his early, often hateful-sounding rhetoric opposing civil rights and racial integration. He made a failed bid for the White House in 1948 as nominee of the "Dixiecrat" States' Rights Party and initiated the "Southern Manifesto," calling for resistance to the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that integrated public schools. Over the course of his career Thurmond astutely shifted his views with the times. He was among the first Southern G.O.P. Senators to hire a black aide, he voted to extend the Voting Rights...

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