STAND UP FOR AMERICA by George C. Wallace

STAND UP FOR AMERICA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The verdict of newsmen and professional pol watchers was unanimous: Jimmy Carter's nomination signaled the envoi of George Wallace from the national scene. Only the loyal few will read this very subdued exhortation to true red-white-and-blue Americanism and the neglected ""little man."" George remembers his childhood amid the ""hard-working, God-fearing people"" of Clio, Alabama, his courtship of sixteen-year-old Lurleen, his apprenticeship in state politics, and the many tributes he's gotten from the plain folk of Alabama--especially blacks. He emphasizes his campaigns for ""quality education"" and the push to bring new industries to rural Alabama (where they weren't hampered by minimum wage laws). There are the usual jabs at the ""brainwashing"" media, at ""pseudo intellectuals"", at Johnson's 1964 Civil Rights Bill, a ""pernicious piece of legislation."" But the only real instance of foot-in-the-mouth is Wallace's 1963 inaugural speech. He remembers with pride ""charging that Hitler's concepts were being revived under the guise of 'liberalism',"" and goes on the elaborate: ""the international racism of the liberals seeks to persecute the international white minority at the whim of the international colored majority."" Otherwise, this is mostly harmless, sentimental slush.

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 1976
Publisher: Doubleday