Alabama: The Pains of Loyalty

Lurleen Burns was a poor man's daughter, and all she could bring as her dowry was loyalty. In 1943, when she married George Wallace, a young truckdriver who talked of being Alabama's Governor, their wedding breakfast was a drugstore chicken-salad sandwich and soda pop. Then the pretty 16-year-old blonde, whom he had found selling cosmetics in a Tuscaloosa dime store, dutifully followed Wallace to wartime Army bases, once making him a home in a converted henhouse. As his political fortunes prospered, Lurleen mothered his four children, remaining in the background when they...

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