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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1968 November

Mildred Norman Ryder, Better Known as the Peace Pilgrim, Advocates for the Elimination of the Electoral College and the Direct Election of Delegates

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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Mildred Norman Ryder, also known as the Peace Pilgrim, tells WSLS-TV about her quest to eliminate the Electoral College and promote the direct election of delegates. She adopted the nickname when she embarked on a walking tour to encourage world peace. When asked about Senator Eugene J. McCarthy, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 1968, Ryder says that the country would be closer to her utopian vision because he was a proponent of peace.
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