That he won a primary victory over a man named Thurmond only added to the historic nature of his accomplishment.
She revealed her patrimony after Thurmond died; his family later acknowledged the relationship.
“James is very generous with his comments,” Thurmond later tersely responded.
In 1948, Harry Truman survived challenges from a third party (Wallace) and a fourth party (Thurmond).
But the Thurmond family quietly admitted her claim of paternity.
Again the standard-bearer was Thurmond, who campaigned hard for the conservative icon.
By then, Thurmond had long since laid aside the racial themes of his earlier career.
As governor of South Carolina in the post-war years, Thurmond was the preeminent defender of Jim Crow.