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Subversive Southerner / Edition 1

Subversive Southerner / Edition 1

by Catherine FoslCatherine Fosl


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Anne McCarty Braden is a southern white woman who broke from her segregationist and privileged past in the late 1940s to become a lifelong crusader who sought to awaken the consciences of white southerners to the reality of racial injustice. Martin Luther King praised Braden's extraordinary integrity in his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail, but even among civil rights supporters, she was as much a controversial figure as an ally. Branded a communist and seditionist by southern politicians who used McCarthyism to prop up segregation as it crumbled, Braden nevertheless became a role model to students who launched the 1960s sit-in movements and to successive generations of young peace and justice activists. In this compelling, oral history-based biography, Catherine Fosl demonstrates how racism, sexism, and anticommunism intersected in the 20th-century south. Braden's story connects southern reform drives of the 1930s and 1940s to the mass civil rights movement of the 1960s and to the continuation of racial justice campaigns today. Fosl's book also reveals dramatically--as has not been done before--how the Cold War divided and limited the southern civil rights movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403965448
Publisher: MacMillan Higher Education
Publication date: 04/17/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsxv
Chronology of Anne Braden's Lifexvii
Part 1
Prologue: The Power of Place3
Chapter 1A White Southern Childhood13
Chapter 2Intellectual Awakening33
Chapter 3Alabama Newspaperwoman57
Part 2
Chapter 4Political Awakening83
Chapter 5Marriage and Movement103
Chapter 6The Wade Case--No Turning Back135
Chapter 7Fighting Back--The 1950s Resistance Movement175
Chapter 8A Voice Crying in the Wilderness--Early SCEF Years201
Part 3
Chapter 9The Mass Civil Rights Movement--Beginning of a New Day245
Chapter 10Opening Up the Southern Police State269
Chapter 11End of an Era293
Part 4
Chapter 12The Next Three Decades: The Struggle Continues313

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