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Joe Biden's letters to segregationist Sen. James O. Eastland

Updated Jun 20, 2019 at 9:28 PM EST

The letters were obtained from the University of Mississippi, which houses Sen. James O. Eastland’s archived papers.

The correspondence from 1972 to 1978 shows Joe Biden, at the time a young senator, trying to establish a relationship with Eastland, a staunch segregationist. The letters highlight Biden's committee assignments and antibusing legislation. Read the story.

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The correspondence from 1972 to 1978 shows Joe Biden, at the time a young senator, trying to establish a relationship with Eastland, a staunch segregationist.