1963 September 9

Alabama Gov. George Wallace Defends “Rights of Whites”

 

Segregationist Governor George Wallace of Alabama angrily defended the “rights of whites” on this day, arguing that the presence of African-American students in public schools would be “disruptive.” He issued an executive order barring African-American students from all-white public schools in Birmingham, Tuskegee, and Mobile, Alabama.

See Wallace’s famous “segregation forever” inauguration speech, which he delivered on January 14, 1963 (below).

Learn more about Wallace: Dan T. Carter, The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics (1995)

Watch Wallace declare “segregation forever”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcPGiGvo-uU

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