Nelson: Biden is in trouble for working with James Eastland. Who was Eastland anyway?

By , Daily Memphian Updated: July 01, 2019 12:24 PM CT | Published: July 01, 2019 4:00 AM CT
Michael Nelson
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Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson is contributing editor and columnist for The Daily Memphian, the political analyst for WMC-TV, and the Fulmer professor of political science at Rhodes College. His latest books are “Clinton's Elections: 1992, 1996, and the Birth of a New Era of  Governance" and “The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2018.”

Joe Biden recently suggested maintaining civil relations with even the most difficult people is important to accomplish anything in Washington. The problem? He chose as an example ardent segregationist James O. Eastland, who represented Mississippi in the Senate from 1942 to 1978. 


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