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July 6, 2008 7:21 AM

Debating Helms' legacy: racist reactionary or conservative beacon?

Jesse Helms will be remembered as one of the leading figures in the rise of the Republican Party in the South — a person who helped move conservative Democrats to the GOP. But was Helms a throwback to the Dixiecrats who used race to divide people? Or was he a visionary who helped create a conservative renaissance in the country?

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