Nation: Black Power at the Dixie Polls

ON the surface, one interpretation of George Wallace's victory in Alabama is that it proves that the black vote is still ineffectual in the South. Yet few astute Southern politicians would be willing to gamble their own careers on that proposition. In Alabama last week, the black vote was so strong that the most skilled racial demagogue of the day had to pluck all of his fear-strumming oratorical strings to overcome it. And he succeeded by only a narrow margin. What the election really proved was that blacks alone control no state, but that...

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