Alan Shepard waits to become the first American in space, Cape Canaveral, 1961.Photograph by NASA
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On September 1, 1980, the day President Jimmy Carter launched his 1980 re-election campaign in Tuscumbia, Alabama, about 40 members of the Ku Klux Klan took a stroll past campaign headquarters prior to an appearance in town from the President.
Carter pointedly denounced them as cowards “who counsel fear and hatred.”
GOP candidate Ronald Reagan later chided Carter for opening his campaign in Tuscumbia, which he called “the city that gave birth to the Ku Klux Klan.”
Except - whoops! It’s not. (It’s actually Pulaski, Tennessee.) Alabama Governor Fob James led a contingent of pissed off Southerners in admonishing Reagan for besmirching the old railroad town which, if it was known at all, was known as the birthplace of Helen Keller, not the Klan.
Reagan quickly apologized for “any negative reflection caused by his remarks” and then went on to win the general election, including Alabama, but not Colbert County, home of Tuscumbia, which went 63/33 percent for Carter. Colbert also apparently favored Walter Mondale in 1984 and Michael Dukakis in 1988. They voted for Richard Nixon in 1972 but didn’t go for another Republican until George W. Bush in 2004, and it’s been Republicans ever since. That’s … quite the turnaround.
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