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Curtis Gans, a man who changed the course of history
Curtis Gans, a man who changed the course of history

In high-stakes politics, sometimes the action of a little-known player drastically alters the chessboard with significant results. Such was the case of Curtis Gans, a serious game-changer who, as a University of North Carolina graduate, helped engineer the end of the Lyndon Johnson presidency. Gans, who died Sunday at 77, teamed at Chapel Hill with Allard Lowenstein, later a New York congressman, and orchestrated the Dump Johnson movement in 1967. Together they persuaded Democratic Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota to challenge LBJ in the 1968 New Hampshire primary, and it worked beyond their dreams. Gans and Lowenstein, foot soldiers in the radical Students for a Democratic Society(SDS)...

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