Amid calls to rename monuments, Strom Thurmond's legacy is 'complicated,' biographer says

COLUMBIA, S.C. — There are times when even modern progressives would look to something late South Carolina Gov. and Sen. Strom Thurmond did and actually agree with.While governor, Thurmond appointed the first Black person and the first woman to a Cabinet position in the late 1940s. He pressed for the criminal prosecution of a lynch mob. He lengthened the school year and abolished the poll tax in South Carolina, which kept Black voters from casting a ballot.But in spite all of this, Thurmond was one of America’s most high-profile and ardent segregationists. Despite helping to liberate the Buche…

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