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George Wallace 1963 Inauguration Address
George Wallace 1963 Inauguration Address
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George Wallace - Segregation forever.mp4
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Wallace Resists Integration University Of Alabama 1963
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George Wallace campaign speech at Ball State Teachers College, 1964
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George Wallace 1963 Inauguration Address
George Wallace 1963 Inauguration Address
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American Freedom Stories: George Wallace - "Segregation Forever"
American Freedom Stories: George Wallace - "Segregation Forever"
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George Wallace 1963 Inaugural Ball-Grand March #2
George Wallace 1963 Inaugural Ball-Grand March #2
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George Wallace and Orval Faubus Speech in Little Rock, Ark - July 1964
George Wallace and Orval Faubus Speech in Little Rock, Ark - July 1964
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"Segregation Forever": The Speech that Launched  George Wallace
"Segregation Forever": The Speech that Launched George Wallace's National Career
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George Wallace Campaign for Governor-1958
George Wallace Campaign for Governor-1958
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Jan. 14, 1963  Gov. Wallace on Segregation - ABC News
Jan. 14, 1963 Gov. Wallace on Segregation - ABC News
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George Wallace Discusses States Rights 1967
George Wallace Discusses States Rights 1967
Published: 2011/03/20
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AL Gov. George Wallace on Face the Nation
AL Gov. George Wallace on Face the Nation
Published: 2012/03/13
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Wallace Conceeds (1968 Election)
Wallace Conceeds (1968 Election)
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George Wallace speaking at UCLA 1/10/1964
George Wallace speaking at UCLA 1/10/1964
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George Wallace discusses the Supreme Court 1967
George Wallace discusses the Supreme Court 1967
Published: 2011/03/20
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George Wallace Documentary - Part 1
George Wallace Documentary - Part 1
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SYND 9-5-74 GEORGE WALLACE IS RENOMINATED FOR A RECORD THIRD TERM AS THE STATE'S GOVERNOR
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Gov. Wallace Defends Segregation on TV In 1968
Gov. Wallace Defends Segregation on TV In 1968
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A Confrontation for Integration at the University of Alabama
A Confrontation for Integration at the University of Alabama
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Gov. Wallace Attempts to Block Integration - June 11, 1963
Gov. Wallace Attempts to Block Integration - June 11, 1963
Published: 2011/08/11
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George Wallace Confronts Protesters in 1968
George Wallace Confronts Protesters in 1968
Published: 2016/03/15
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Alabama Gov. George Wallace Opposes TV Movie About His Life
Published: 2014/08/26
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Published: 2016/01/15
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American Freedom Stories  George Wallace
American Freedom Stories George Wallace 'Segregation Forever'
Published: 2015/08/14
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USA: ALABAMA: FUNERAL OF FORMER GOVERNOR GEORGE WALLACE (2)
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: AP Archive
Lurleen Wallace 1966 Campaign for Governor and Inaugural
Lurleen Wallace 1966 Campaign for Governor and Inaugural
Published: 2012/09/02
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Black Lives Matter ~ George Wallace Approved
Black Lives Matter ~ George Wallace Approved
Published: 2016/07/27
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Gov. Ronald Reagan Reacts To The George Wallace Shooting - May 15, 1972
Gov. Ronald Reagan Reacts To The George Wallace Shooting - May 15, 1972
Published: 2014/09/22
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Governor George Wallace Racial Integration Stance at University of Alabama 1963
Governor George Wallace Racial Integration Stance at University of Alabama 1963
Published: 2017/05/08
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My Favorite George Wallace Joke-Auburn University, 1964
My Favorite George Wallace Joke-Auburn University, 1964
Published: 2011/06/11
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George C Wallace rare footage
Published: 2016/05/08
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Interview with Gov. George Wallace
Interview with Gov. George Wallace
Published: 2012/09/04
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Inaugural Ball of Gov. George Wallace, 1963- Grand March-Part One
Inaugural Ball of Gov. George Wallace, 1963- Grand March-Part One
Published: 2011/06/06
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Funeral of Alabama Gov. George Wallace - September 1998
Published: 2015/02/05
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Published: 2006/09/29
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George Wallace discusses the right to dissent 1967
George Wallace discusses the right to dissent 1967
Published: 2011/03/20
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George Wallace Documentary - Part 2
George Wallace Documentary - Part 2
Published: 2014/03/24
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Spike Lee on George Wallace
Published: 2010/06/04
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Revealing George Wallace TV Documentary
Revealing George Wallace TV Documentary
Published: 2016/11/24
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African Americans Hood and Malone admitted to Univ of Alabama after President Ken...HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/07
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Lou Gordon interviews Governor George Wallace, 1972
Published: 2009/07/15
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George Wallace of Alabama Describing the Role of the Governor-1976
George Wallace of Alabama Describing the Role of the Governor-1976
Published: 2011/06/16
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George C Wallace - Our Man From Alabam
Published: 2012/05/24
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1972 George Wallace Shooting
1972 George Wallace Shooting
Published: 2011/12/15
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George Wallace's 1963 Inaugural Address
Part of the Civil Rights Movement
Date January 14, 1963 (1963-01-14)
Location Alabama State Capitol
Montgomery, Alabama

George Wallace's 1963 Inaugural Address was delivered January 14, 1963, following his election as Governor of Alabama.[1] Wallace at this time in his career was an ardent segregationist, and as Governor he challenged the attempts of the federal government to enforce laws prohibiting racial segregation in Alabama's public schools and other institutions. The speech is most famous for the phrase "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever", which became a rallying cry for those opposed to integration and the Civil Rights Movement.[2]

Background[edit]

Prior to his first campaign for governor in 1958, George Wallace (D) served as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives and later as judge in the Third Judicial Circuit Court. During this time Wallace was known as a moderate on racial issues, and was associated with the progressive, liberal faction of Alabama politics.[3] During the 1958 gubernatorial campaign Wallace spoke out against the Ku Klux Klan, and although he endorsed segregation his centrist views won him the support of the NAACP.[4] In contrast, his opponent John Patterson accepted the endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan and made racial issues a major part of his campaign.[4]

Previous Alabama governors had run successfully on moderate platforms similar to the one Wallace adopted in 1958. However, the growing Civil Rights Movement, especially the Montgomery Bus Boycott three years earlier, had left white Alabamans feeling "under siege",[2] and Patterson won the race for governor by a large margin.

After this defeat, Wallace determined that in order to be elected governor he would have to change his position on racial issues, and told one of his campaign officials "I was out-niggered by John Patterson. And I'll tell you here and now, I will never be out-niggered again."[2]

1962–63 campaign and Inaugural Address[edit]

Wallace's new stance on racial issues became apparent in 1959, when he was the only local circuit court judge who refused to turn over voting records to a federal commission investigating discrimination against black voters.[3] Threatened with jail,[citation needed] Wallace eventually complied and released the registration documents; however his defiance earned him notoriety and signaled his new political position. Opposition to black voter registration efforts would become a part of his platform when Wallace ran for governor in 1962.

During that campaign Wallace blamed integration for increases in crime and unemployment, as well as racial disturbances in other states.[5] Asa Carter, founder of a local Ku Klux Klan organization, was hired as a speechwriter for Wallace's campaign. Carter became a key member of Wallace's staff, resulting in "a new, fiery, hard-hitting style of campaigning".[3] Due to his connection to acts of racial violence, Carter was kept in the background during the campaign; however his speeches proved to be popular among Wallace supporters.[6] Wallace's racial politicking and support of segregation resonated with Alabama voters and in 1962 he was elected governor, receiving more votes than any previous Alabama gubernatorial candidate.[4]

After his election, Wallace wanted to make it clear he intended to keep his campaign promise to fight against integration. Carter spent several weeks writing the inaugural address, and on January 14, 1963 after taking the oath of office Wallace delivered it from the portico of the Alabama State Capitol. This was the exact place where Jefferson Davis had been sworn in as the President of the Confederate States of America, a fact that was pointedly noted in the speech.

During the speech Wallace declared:

Both Carter and Wallace realized that would be the phrase for which his speech would be remembered.[8] The "tyranny" Wallace referred to was his way of characterizing the federal government's attempts at integration in Alabama. This was one of the central themes of his speech—that by implementing desegregation laws and policies the federal government was oppressing the people of Alabama and depriving them of their rights. During his term as governor, Wallace would receive national attention as he continued to frame segregation as a states' rights issue, and integration as something imposed upon the South by the federal government.[2]

The speech also presented the case that racial differences were similar to political or religious differences.[9] Wallace argued that people had "racial or cultural freedom" that gave them the right to live in a culture of segregation, in the same way they had freedom to choose their political party and religious denomination.[10] The "great freedom of our American founding fathers", Wallace claimed, was that "each race, within its own framework has the freedom to teach, to instruct, to develop, to ask for and receive deserved help from others of separate racial stations".[1]

Reactions[edit]

The racially charged rhetoric in his inaugural address secured Wallace's base of support in Alabama.[11] It also gave him national headlines;[12] The New York Times, Time magazine, and Newsweek all covered Wallace's speech.[13][14][15] Wallace's national profile would continue to grow during his first year in office, and in the fall of 1963 he capitalized on his prominence by announcing his candidacy for U.S. President.

Although popular with his supporters, the sentiments expressed in Wallace's inaugural address drew criticism from proponents of civil rights as well as those who viewed direct opposition to the federal government as a strategy that was unlikely to be successful. Richmond Flowers, Alabama's newly elected Attorney General, warned that to disobey federal orders "can only bring disgrace upon our state".[16] Business leaders worried that politicians were creating a national image of Alabama as a place of "reaction, rebellion and riots, of bigotry, bias and backwardness".[16]

Many who supported desegregation saw Wallace's speech as "indefensibly racist and demagogic".[17] Civil rights leader John Lewis later recalled that upon hearing the inaugural address "That day, my heart sank. I knew his defense of 'states' rights' was really a defense of the status quo in Alabama."[18] Civil rights demonstrators marching in Alabama later that year showed their opposition to Wallace and his policies of segregation by chanting "Ol' Wallace, you never can jail us all. Ol' Wallace, segregation is bound to fall."[19][20]

Martin Luther King, Jr. responded to Wallace's inaugural address by a series of speeches. In the first three months of 1963 he traveled to 16 different cities, speaking about the need to take action against the injustices of segregation.[21] Later that year King gave his historic I Have A Dream speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The only person identified in that speech is Wallace (note that he does not mention Wallace by name):[22]

King's vision of a positive future was a sharp contrast from Wallace's demand to prolong the discrimination that had long prevented many Americans from exercising their civil rights. King portrayed segregation and its supporting rationale of states' right as relics of the past that would not exist in America's future.[22] This view was reinforced in 1965 when King delivered a speech in front of the Alabama State Capitol in which he directly replied to Wallace's call for continued segregation, saying he believed "segregation is on its death bed in Alabama, and the only thing uncertain about it is how costly Wallace and the segregationists will make the funeral".[24]

Legacy[edit]

Journalist Bob Ingram recalls that when Wallace first saw the "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" line that Carter had written for his inaugural address, Wallace was pleased, saying "I like that line. I like it, and I'm going to use it."[8] However, later in life Wallace changed his views on segregation and came to regret his famous phrase, calling it his "biggest mistake".[25]

Regardless of his feelings at the time, the sentiments expressed in his inaugural address were blamed for creating "a climate that allowed for violent reprisals against those seeking to end racial discrimination".[18] Wallace's defiant endorsement of segregation proved to be his most memorable piece of political rhetoric[26] and demonstrated the fierce opposition facing the Civil Rights Movement.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The 1963 Inaugural Address of Governor George C. Wallace". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Retrieved January 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Riechers, Maggie (2000). Racism to Redemption: The Path of George Wallace. Retrieved January 1, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Mccabe, Daniel; Paul Stekler; Steve Fayer (2000). "George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire (transcript)". The American Experience. PBS. Retrieved January 1, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Alabama Governor George Wallace, Gubernatorial History". Alabama Department of Archives and History. Retrieved January 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ Lesher, Stephan (1995). George Wallace: American Populist. Da Capo Press. pp. 158–159. ISBN 978-0-201-40798-3. 
  6. ^ Donaldson, Gary (2003). Liberalism's Last Hurrah: The Presidential Campaign of 1964. M.E. Sharpe. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-7656-1119-2. 
  7. ^ Michael J. Klarman (March–April 2004). "Brown v. Board: 50 Years Later". Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Retrieved January 1, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Mccabe, Daniel; Paul Stekler; Steve Fayer (2000). "George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire - Asa Carter". The American Experience. PBS. Retrieved January 1, 2009. 
  9. ^ Rohler, Lloyd Earl (2004). George Wallace: Conservative Populist. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 15–16. ISBN 978-0-313-31119-2. 
  10. ^ Wolfson, Adam; Daniel Patrick Moynihan (June 1, 2003). "The Martin Luther King We Remember". The Public Interest. Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2009. 
  11. ^ Lesher 1995, p. 174
  12. ^ "On This Day - August 4, 1972". BBC News. August 4, 1972. Retrieved January 2, 2009. 
  13. ^ "North Denounced by Gov. Wallace". The New York Times. January 15, 1963. p. 16. 
  14. ^ "New Note In Dixie". Time. January 25, 1963. p. 15. 
  15. ^ "Now ... Forever". Newsweek. January 28, 1963. p. 34. 
  16. ^ a b Klarman, Michael J. (2004). From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality. Oxford University Press. p. 407. ISBN 978-0-19-512903-8. 
  17. ^ Torricelli, Robert G.; Andrew Carroll; Doris Kearns Goodwin (2000). In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century. Simon and Schuster. p. 228. ISBN 978-0-7434-1052-6. 
  18. ^ a b Lewis, John (September 16, 1998). "Forgiving George Wallace". The New York Times. Retrieved January 1, 2009. 
  19. ^ Boone, Christian; Ernie Suggs (February 21, 2008). "Reverend James Orange, Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 65". Operation Hope. Retrieved January 2, 2009. 
  20. ^ Aiken, Charles S. (2003). The Cotton Plantation South Since the Civil War: Since the Civil War. JHU Press. p. 257. ISBN 978-0-8018-7309-6. 
  21. ^ Burns, Roger (2006). Martin Luther King, Jr: A Biography. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-313-33686-7. 
  22. ^ a b Rohler 2004, pp. 18–19
  23. ^ "Martin Luther King, Jr. - I Have A Dream". American Rhetoric. Retrieved January 2, 2009. 
  24. ^ Davis, Townsend (1999). Weary Feet, Rested Souls: A Guided History of the Civil Rights Movement. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-393-31819-7. 
  25. ^ a b Rowan, Carl T. (September 5, 1991). "The Rehabilitation of George Wallace". The Washington Post. p. A21. Retrieved January 3, 2009. 
  26. ^ Montgomery, Michael Riley; George Wallace (March 2, 1992). "Confessions of A Former Segregationist". Time. Retrieved January 3, 2009. 

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