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Preserving the Constitution! the Autobiography of Senator Sam J. Ervin Hardcover – October, 1984

ISBN-13: 978-0872157811 ISBN-10: 0872157814

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  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Lexis Law Pub (October 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872157814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872157811
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,334,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flazatty on March 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
By chairing the Senate Watergate Committee and by being instrumental in the movement to oust Richard Nixon from the White House, Sam Ervin became the darling of the liberals, but it was a late in life conversion.

Sam Ervin professed reverence for the Constitution, but his political beliefs were a curious mixture of liberal and conservative causes. For example, he opposed the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, school busing, and affirmative action. He favored the exclusionary rule of evidence under the Fourth Amendment, however, and was opposed to the "no knock" and preventative detention anti-crime legislation supported by the Nixon Administration.

In the book, Ervin declares that Brown v. Board of Education was correctly decided, but indicates that the Supreme Court ran off the track when it approved mandatory busing, racial set asides, and other forms of affirmative action. Yet, in the 1950's "courageous" Sam, brimming with integrity, was a bitter foe of Brown, and was one of the principal drafters of the Southern Manifesto, which condemned the Court and the decision. Just imagine how courageous it would have been if he had upheld Brown in the 1950's, when it mattered, and not merely in a self-flattering book written in the 1980's, when it did not.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hal Gordon on December 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Integrity and principle are the watchwords of this American. He stood tall against the abuses of the Nixon administration, and many remember his indignation at their concealment and deception. He spoke out for what he believed in his conception of American values.

When blacks and civil rights advocates were seeking voting rights and access to public facilities, he could easily have said yes. But that would have been the easy man's way out. Sam became a capable and forceful exponent of segregation and helped prevent intergration in the 1950's. While many said that we are a democracy where each person has a right to vote and blacks capably defended our country in World War II, Sam saw it differently.

While many of us know George Wallace, Herman Talmadge, and Strom Thurmond as exponents of segregation, Sam's name must be included with these leaders. If quiet in temperament, his parlimentary knowledge and participation played a vital role in southern segregation. Without Sam, blacks may have voted, gone to white schools, ate in white restauarnts, or even dated white women!

Sam's legacy as a capable segregationalist will live on his legacy, and those Carolinans who believed "niggers should know their place" were graetful for his skill and knowledge.

Sadly old Sam, ever the modest man, fails to take sufficient credit in his book for his tremendous work helping the segregationist cause. For those eager to give him his due, read Lyndon Johnson, Master of the Senate, for a good discussion of southern caucuses and anti-intergration politics in the 50's.
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