Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South

Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South

Paperback Civil Rights And the Struggle for Black Equality in the Twentieth Century

By (author) Catherine Fosl, Foreword by Angela Davis

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  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
  • Format: Paperback | 466 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 231mm x 28mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 25 August 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Lexington
  • ISBN 10: 0813191726
  • ISBN 13: 9780813191720
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations

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Anne McCarty Braden (1924-2006) rejected her segregationist, privileged past to become one of the civil rights movement's staunchest white allies. In 1954 she was charged with sedition by McCarthy-style politicians who played on fears of communism to preserve southern segregation. Though Braden remained controversial-even within the civil rights movement-in 1963 she became one of only five white southerners whose contributions to the movement were commended by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in his famed "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Braden's activism ultimately spanned nearly six decades, making her one of the most enduring white voices against racism in modern U.S. history. Subversive Southerner is more than a riveting biography of an extraordinary southern white woman; it is also a social history of how racism, sexism, and anticommunism intertwined in the twentieth-century South as ripples from the Cold War divided the emerging civil rights movement.

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Catherine Fosl teaches women's and gender studies and communication at the University of Louisville. She is the author of Women for All Seasons.

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""An achievement that deftly integrates biography with both regional and national history."" -- "Southern Historian"