The late Alabama Republican president was a political visionary and a leading figure in the American far right, but it was his belief that he could transform the United States into a post-racial nation that would help bring the nation out of its post-World War II era of racial strife.
He was also a master of the art of public relations, which he cultivated during his tenure as Alabama’s governor.
Wallace, a charismatic and charismatic man, would often refer to himself as a “mythbuster,” a term coined in 1972 to describe the legend-building of the myth-makers of the 1920s and ’30s.
Wallace had a long history of myth-building and was an avid fan of mythologizing.
His most famous fictional character was “The Wizard of Oz,” who was a black man who wore a magic belt and carried a bow and arrow.
Wallace believed that the Oz character was an accurate representation of the political struggle in Alabama in the early 1900s.
During the 1920 election, the city of Birmingham was one of the cities that Wallace carried in a bid to wrest control of the state.
In the final days of the campaign, Wallace had to abandon his campaign bus because it was parked on the curb, and he was seen with his wife, Florence, at the bus stop.
The couple was seen drinking, and the bus was then abandoned on a nearby street.
The bus is now on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Atlanta.
When the campaign was over, Wallace and his wife were seen outside the bus and holding a sign with the words “You can’t take this from me,” and “You don’t deserve to win,” according to The Washington Post.
After Wallace’s death in 1982, his wife Florence took the bus back to her home in Birmingham, where she was still married to Wallace.
Afterward, she took a taxi to her husband’s grave, where he was buried.
“I have a belief that we’re going to change this country,” she told the newspaper.
“There are only two things that can stop us: the will and the will of the people.
We need to put the people first.
We have to fight for their right to live their lives as they see fit.”
Wallace was a polarizing figure.
He had a controversial history of racial tensions.
In 1937, he said that African Americans were not as intelligent as whites.
He also argued that black people were mentally ill and could not be trusted to vote.
He often used colorful language and was frequently compared to Adolf Hitler, who led Germany’s Nazi party.
He once referred to the United Nations as the United Kingdom’s “greatest enemy.”
In 1971, the state of Alabama banned the use of racial epithets.
During his time in office, Wallace would frequently criticize President Lyndon Johnson for his failure to curb segregation in the South.
The two had a strained relationship over a series of Supreme Court rulings in the 1960s that had allowed segregation in schools and other public institutions.
The Supreme Court had struck down a key part of the 1954 Civil Rights Act that prohibited states from discriminating against blacks in hiring and employment.
Wallace was also the architect of the Alabama Voting Rights Act of 1965, which established the state’s strictest voting laws in the nation.
His policies in Alabama helped to fuel the 1964 election of President Lyndon B. Johnson, who became the first black president.
Wallace died in 2007, but his legacy has long been debated.
He died of lung cancer at age 94.