By Scott Farris
Because the 2012 presidential crusade starts off: Profiles of twelve males who've run for the presidency and misplaced, yet who, even in defeat, have had a better effect on American heritage than a lot of those that have served as president—from Henry Clay to Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan to Al Gore—Plus, mini-profiles on 22 "honorable mentions."
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When they arrived, they saw the Klan's trademark burning cross, which threw shadows of elongated, pointed hoods. At first they were reassured to see a line of state patrol cars and a man with a holster and gun strapped to his hip, standing guard. Sheila, figuring the man was a state trooper, told him she was glad to see him. "Yes, ma'am," he said to her. " The crowd was mostly "poor white people who were victimized themselves," Wellstone said. " The crowd listened to a venomous speech by KKK Grand Dragon Robert Sheldon.
We have absentee owners still to this day," said Gary Cerkvenik, a college philosophy teacher, inventor, and DFL political consultant from Britt, a small Range town. "No corporate headquarters are located here for the taconite industry. " Despite these labor-management tensions, the American domination of the international steel market fostered boom times on the Range through much of the twentieth century. Union demands for higher wages were not easily won, but they were possible in the absence of much foreign competition.
And he held on to 1960s tactics as well: peaceful confrontation and civil disobedience. Wellstone explained: 4 DREAMS AND SCHEMES I guess my indignation stayed on because I got so totally involved organizing with people on the very bottom, and one thing led to another. I kept seeing these people who were on the bottom, who deserved better, who were truly great people. And I have to say I was helping myself. It was self-serving in the sense that it was what I really enjoyed doing and it made me feel good.