Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
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.
David L. Hudson Jr., Nashville Tennessean~Anne Braden's life as a social activist spans more than half a century, and her
Library Journal~Now, Fosl...gives Braden the recognition she rightly deserves.
Her history is a proud and fascinating one.... Please read this book.~Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.
"An achievement that deftly integrates biography with both regional and national history."~Southern Historian