Hodding Carter by Ann Waldron
The Reconstruction of a Racist

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Using his little daily paper to battle for equality before the law and an end to the mistreatment of black people, Hodding Carter took on the power structure of the state of Mississippi. Castigated by politicians, denounced by his fellow editors, threatened with economic reprisal and physical violence, he drew the wrath of everyone from the country club to the crossroads store. What kind of man was this who stuck to his guns for what he believed, in the face of anger and vitriol, destestation and denuciation? Ann Waldron tells the story of a colorful, complex, combative man who in his college years was an outspoken white supremacist, but later changed his mind, spending the bulk of his life advocating for racial justice and finding himself on the unpopular sides of many political and social issues. No uncritical eulogy, this book re-creates the passionate life, public and private, of a flawed but authentic American hero.

 

About Ann Waldron

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Ann Waldron lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Stephen Marchesi lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. Nancy Harrison lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
 
Published November 1, 2013 by Algonquin Books. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Here, Waldron (Close Connections, 1987, etc.) offers few clues to the development of Carter's social vision (and one wonders just how much he was actually reconstructed), but her picture of the pre-civil-rights Deep South gives memory a salutary jolt: Carter's newspaper profoundly shocked white s...

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Former Southern journalist Waldron provides a solid, though unstylish, biography of Hodding Carter (1907-1972), the courageous editor of the Greenville Delta Democrat-Times , Mississippi's most liberal newspaper during the Civil Rights era.

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