Former Senator Jesse Helms, one of the most influencial neo-Conservative politicians of the past few decades, has died at 86. Helms came from the mold of George Wallace and segregationist Dixiecrat Strom Thurman. He gained a reputation for being the most bigoted, anti-gay, anti-progressive member of the U.S. Senate over the past 3 decades. Americans either loved him or could not stand him. There was not much room for middle ground, since compromise was not a big part of his vocabulary.
The Jim Crow era is losing more and more of its relics. As these remnants die off, the era that created them passes further into the background of American History.
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