Nixon Rides the Backlash to Victory: Racial Politics in the 1968 Presidential Campaign

  title={Nixon Rides the Backlash to Victory: Racial Politics in the 1968 Presidential Campaign},
  author={Jeremy D. Mayer},
  journal={The Historian},
  pages={351 - 366}
  • J. Mayer
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • History
  • The Historian
he 1968 presidential campaign between Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, T and George Wallace was suffused with the politics of race. When the election ended, the winner was Nixon, who had promised to calm down the heated passions by going slow on racial progress and cracking down on violence and crime. Yet perhaps the real winner was Wallace, who demonstrated the willingness of millions of angry whites to vote for a vulgar racist whose policy proposals were scarcely more than slogans. Conversely… 

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