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Ol' Strom: An Unauthorized Biography of Strom Thurmondby Jack Bass, Marilyn W. Thompson, Burtch Hunter
A master politician and war hero, Thurmond's political career spans more than half a century. Although elected governor of South Carolina in 1946 as a liberal New Dealer, he established a
This rich, tell-all story combines academic precision and tabloid readability in portraying the life of Strom Thurmond, the century's most enduring American political figure.
A master politician and war hero, Thurmond's political career spans more than half a century. Although elected governor of South Carolina in 1946 as a liberal New Dealer, he established a national reputation as the segregationist Dixiecrat candidate for president in 1948. That campaign struck a psychological blow to the Democratic "solid South" that had existed since the Compromise of 1877.
At the same time Thurmond proclaimed there were "not enough troops in the Army" to break down segregation in the South, he provided support for an alleged black daughter enrolled at all-Black South Carolina State College.
Thurmond was shaped by his native Edgefield County, which produced ten governors of South Carolina. "Blood ran thicker and honor ran hotter in Edgefield, a county more Faulknerian than William Faulkner's and seared by a history of explosive political violence." Thurmond himself explained that his father probably would have been elected governor except "one time he had to kill a man."
Thurmond's political legacy rests on reshaping the Republican party and establishing a two-party South, playing a kingmaker role in electing Richard Nixon president, and in changing the direction of the United States Supreme Court.
OL' STROM is the definitive look at an American political legend.
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