Wednesday, March 14, 2007

More from '68---Charm City

Baltimore is a city that we would have expected Wallace to do well in, given everything we've seen in other cities so far. It is industrial with a large number of white ethnics, yet also very southern in orientation. A true border city. As we see, Wallace's performance in several wards doubles his national vote and triples his "non-southern" vote. We should also remember that in 1968, Baltimore's own Spiro Agnew was on the Republican ticket. Wallace's performance is, thus, all the more impressive.

The Baltimore area also saw a considerable amount of anti-war protesting under the direction of Daniel and Philip Berrigan. One can imagine how well the reaction to this among white ethnics played to Wallace's strengths.

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