GEORGE CORLEY WALLACE: 1919-1998: Requiem for an Arsonist

GEORGE CORLEY WALLACE: 1919-1998

The subject for today's meditation is the mystery of forgiveness. Our text is not the current constitutional soap opera but rather an item from the past, the case of George Corley Wallace.

Return to September 1982, the height of Wallace's last campaign for Governor of Alabama. At Wallace headquarters on the edge of Montgomery, in a grandiose former furniture store with a pseudo-Tara facade, sits a shy, sweet-tempered black schoolteacher from out in Lowndes County--"bloody Lowndes," as they called it in the days when the Klan was loose on the back roads after dark, the days when George Wallace, strutty, sneering,...

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