Georgia: The Little Governor

Most Georgians were pleasantly surprised at the moderate pronouncements of Lester Garfield Maddox after he took over the statehouse last January. His critics in the cities had feared the worst from the onetime purveyor of fried chicken and racist pamphlets who earned national notoriety by chasing Negroes away from his Pickrick restaurant in Atlanta at gunpoint. But Governor Maddox seemed to grow in his new job. Racial peace was preserved, his administration was untainted by corruption, and he plunged into work with gusto, opening his office door to "the little man," black or white, whom he had pledged to...

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