"SEGREGATION NOW, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." George Corley Wallace spoke these words in a 1963 inaugural address before his first term as governor of Alabama. In later years, Mr. Wallace recanted his earlier remarks - but only after an assassination attempt left him paralysed, ending his national political hopes, and after black voters became a significant force in Alabama. Perhaps he went to his grave truly repentant. But in the end, Mr Wallace used his guts and skill to do little more than advance his own popularity. This occasionally meant the airing of important, yet difficult issues, but it more often did evil.
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GEORGE WALLACE spent his final years apologizing to African-Americans for the damage he caused them. Some people believe Mr Wallace's personal pain from the assassination attempt provided him with better understanding of the pain minorities suffered under segregation. Many African-Americans did forgive George Wallace. They provided strong support during later runs for governor. Mr Wallace will always be viewed as a politician who played on people's fears and hatred. But he will also be seen as someone who learned through his own pain, and sought redemption for his past.
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