Nation: Challenging a Southern Legend

Pug and his friends vs. Strom and his family

Huck Nelson was only seven when his father first took him down to the steps of the courthouse in Chester, S.C., to hear fiery segregationist Strom Thurmond give one of his tub-thumping speeches. Thurmond was waging a winning write-in campaign for the U.S. Senate. Last week, 24 years later, Nelson, now a Thurmond campaign aide, slouched against the door of the National Guard armory in Greer, S.C., where, after a rousing performance by the Fairview Baptist Church Choir, Thurmond railed against the Panama Canal "giveaway"...

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