DEMOCRATS: Duel in the South

On a grey afternoon last week, 150 police motorcycles popped and putted along Atlanta's downtown Peachtree Street. Behind them, in a red bus bearing the hopeful sign "White House, Washington, D.C.," a high-school band tootled Dixie. More than 250,000 Georgians, lined along the city's sidewalks and gazing out of windows, applauded as a hawk-beaked man in a blue Cadillac convertible smiled and waved his white Panama hat. It was Georgia's own Senator Dick Russell, the Southern Democrats' choice, come home to start his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

That night, 3,400...

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