The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, January 03, 2004
Strom's miscegenation in print in 1972!
That the shock-horror tale of a segregationist's hypocrisy is shadow-play for the benefit of the tourists becomes more apparent with every day that passes.
Especially today, with a piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by Jack Bass:
I looked on December 22 at the piece by Marilyn Thompson, the WaPo hack who started the Strom-Essie Mae craze off; Jack Bass was the guy who co-authored the unofficial 1998 biography of Strom Thurmond that had the story, but wasn't picked up by the media.
In his piece, Bass fills in his side of the story.
I can't believe that the libel laws - or some kind of self-denying ordinance on the part of the US media (including the National Enquirer!) - explains the slow burn. There must be some other reason why the common knowledge of Strom's home town took another thirty years to make prime-time.
(Did the Observer run any sort of piece off the back of the Advertiser's, back in 1972?)
The Edgefield Advertiser  is currently owned by Suzanne Gile Mims Derrick - daughter of WW Mims, I surmise. Sentimentalists will be pleased to know that WW is very much extant, serving now in the capacity of
Editor Emeritus & Columnist (Memories)No kiddin'...
There is a Charlotte Observer piece online breaking the Strom-Essie Mae story: on December 14 2003 - reprinting Marilyn Thompson's WaPo piece!
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