Senator Sam Ervin, last of the founding fathers

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Many Americans remember Senator Sam Ervin (1896-1985) as the affable, Bible-quoting, old country lawyer who chaired the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973. Yet for most of his 20 years in the Senate, Ervin was Jim Crow's most talented legal defender as the South's constitutional expert during the congressional debates on civil rights. The paradox of the senator's opposition to civil rights and defense of civil liberties lies at the heart of this biography of Sam Ervin. Karl Campbell illuminates the character of the man and the historical forces that shaped him. The senator's distrust of centralized power, Campbell argues, helps explain his ironic reputation as a foe of civil rights and a champion of civil liberties.
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table_of_contents Tar heel born, tar heel bred -- Just a country lawyer -- Senator Sam -- The soft southern strategy -- Claghorn's Hammurabi -- Conservative civil libertarian -- Privacy and the false prophets -- A time of doubt and fear -- Rehearsal for Watergate -- Truth and honor.
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