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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.”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.