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Subversive southerner : Anne Braden and the struggle for racial justice in the Cold War South
Fosl, Catherine.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
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xxix, 418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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E185.98.B73 F67 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Anne McCarty Braden is a southern white woman who made a dramatic break with her native, segregationist culture in the years just following World War II to commit her life to the causes of racial and social justice. One of the few white people, particularly from the South, to join the southern black freedom movement in its nascent years in the 1950s, Braden became a role model and inspiration for the thousands of young white people that joined the mass movement a decade later. Braden stands nearly alone among other women of her race, class, region, and generation in her dedication to social change. Born in 1924, Braden came of age after the women's rights and social reform crusades of the early part of the 20th century, and after the young activist women of the 1960s launched the civil rights, student, and women's liberation movements. Yet Braden's life has intersected on some level with most of the great social movements of her lifetime, and represents a central link that connects the southern protest movements of the 1930s and 1940s to the mass civil rights movement of the 1960s.

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In the 1930s, privileged southerner Anne Braden was troubled by racial segregation, and she set out to do something about it. Now, Fosl (women's studies, Univ. of Louisville; Women for All Seasons: The Story of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, CH, Apr'90) gives Braden the recognition she rightly deserves. Was she a member of the Communist Party? This is the question most often asked about Braden. Fosl argues that this is not the issue--that to be labeled denies one's credibility in a culture where leftists are, at best, dismissed as troublemakers far outside the mainstream. The author's oral interviews with Braden are key to this book; these, supplemented with a plethora of printed sources, are only two indicators of Fosl's meticulous research. Fosl rightly asserts, "I wrote from a multicultural feminist perspective that roots [Braden's] experiences fully in her being a woman...." The book will appeal to feminists, those in women's studies, social and cultural historians, and students of the Civil Rights Movement. Some might wish to also read John Lewis and Michael D'Orso's Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement (1998). Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries. P. D. Travis Texas Woman's University