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Emory historian to lecture on Strom Thurmond at Carter Library
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Emory historian to lecture on Strom Thurmond at Carter Library

ATLANTA -- Joseph Crespino, a historian at Emory University and author of Strom Thurmond's America, will give a lecture at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Crespino will discuss Thurmond's rise to power and how his actions in the 1950s and 1960s led to the current rise of the Southern Republican movement.

According to a release from A Capella Books, which will sponsor Crespino's appearance:

The political sins of the late South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond are notorious: he was behind the Dixiecrat Party of the late 1940s, the Southern Manifesto of 1956, the daylong filibuster in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the flight of white Southerners into the clutches of the Republic Party in 1968 that gave Nixon the White House. His personal sins are equally infamous, most especially his refusal to acknowledge his illegitimate African-American daughter. Even before his death in 2003, historians had cast him as a curiosity of a bygone era.

Crespino's lecture will begin at 7 p.m. and will end with a book signing. It is free and open to the public.

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library is located at 441 Freedom Parkway.

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