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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Kotlowski Remembers Nixon's Visit to Salisbury October 13

SALISBURY, MD---When California Senator Richard Nixon stopped in Salisbury during his campaign for vice president in 1952, thousands turned out to hear the future leader of the free world speak at Salisbury Municipal Park. His topics ranged from communism to his personal talents. However, his most memorable comments surrounded a subject then taboo on the Eastern Shore: civil rights. The future president of the United States bristled when advised to steer clear of the subject on the Delmarva Peninsula. Instead, he vowed to “set an example to the world” by bringing race relations to the forefront. Dr. Dean Kotlowski, professor of history at Salisbury University and author of Nixon’s Civil Rights: Politics, Principle and Policy (2001, Harvard University Press) recounts the Shore’s mixed reactions to Nixon’s Salisbury speech during the lecture “Nixon in Salisbury” 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at SU. Kotlowski was a recent guest on CBS Radio’s The Osgood File, speaking about the 30th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation from the presidency with host Charles Osgood and fellow guest, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger. During his lecture, Kotlowski explains how Nixon’s strong feelings about civil rights and economic opportunity continued after the 1952 election through his own tenure in the Oval Office. The lecture is free and the public is invited. The Nabb Research Center is located in Room 190 of the Power Professional Building at the corner of Wayne and Power streets. For more information call 410-543-6312 or visit the Nabb Research Center Web site at

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