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Wallace, George (1919-1998) to Ms. Martin

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00295 Author/Creator: Wallace, George (1919-1998) Place Written: Montgomery, Alabama Type: Typed letter signed Date: 14 April 1964 Pagination: 2 p. ; 26.6 x 18.5 cm.

Wallace, Governor of Alabama, replies to Martin's request for literature on the subject of segregation in the South. Informs Martin that the Governor's office does not have any material on the subject of segregation, stating "we have never had a problem here in the South except in a very few isolated instances and these have been the result of outside agitators." Declares "I personally have done more for the Negroes of the State of Alabama than any other individual." Cites the creation of new jobs and high salaries for Alabama's African-American teachers during his term as Governor, as well as the establishment of a network of junior colleges and trade schools. Rationalizes segregation by stating "White and colored have lived together in the South for generations in peace ... They each prefer their own pattern of society, their own churches and their own schools - which history and experience have proven are best for both races." Typed in blue ink on stationary of the Alabama Governor's Office. Digital image includes redacted name and address of recipient for privacy.

Wallace, an opponent of the civil rights movement, was elected as Governor of Alabama in 1962, 1970, 1974, and 1982. He famously attempted to block African American students from enrolling in segregated Alabama universities. Wallace also made several unsuccessful attempts for election to the Presidential seat.

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