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May 15, 2014 8:53 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

On this day in 1972, George Wallace was shot while campaigning in Laurel, Maryland.

Maybe it’s less than charitable to remember him this way, but as the Drive-By Truckers say in “The Three Great Alabama Icons,” it’s part of the “duality of that southern thing.”

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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