In Love With Defeat by H. Brandt Ayers
The Making of a Southern Liberal

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Journalist and publisher Brandt Ayers's journey takes him from the segregated Old South to covering the central scenes of the civil rights struggle, and finally to editorship of his family's hometown newspaper, The Anniston Star. The journey was one of controversy, danger, a racist nightrider murder, taut moments when the community teetered on the edge of mob violence that ended well because of courageous civic leadership and wise hearts of black and white leaders. The narrative has outsized figures from U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy to George Wallace and includes probing insights into the Alabama governor as he evolved over time. High points of the story involve the birth of a New South movement, the election of a Southern President, and the strange undoing of his presidency. An Afterword, made imperative by the cultural and political exclamation point of a black President, bridges the years from the disappearance of the New South in the 1980s to Barack Obama's first term.
 

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From the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first, the Ayers name has been synonymous with progressive journalism. Brandt Ayers, the current publisher of the Anniston Star, graduated from the University of Alabama and later studied at Harvard and Columbia. He served as Washington correspondent for the (Raleigh) News and Observer and covered Robert Kennedy's Justice Department for a news bureau serving newspapers in the South and Southwest. He later led the Star during the turbulent civil rights era. He was founder and president of an institutional expression of the New South movement, the L. Q. C. Lamar Society.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by NewSouth Books. 350 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences.

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The collapse of the immoral "Jim Crow" regime of racial segregation and discrimination in this country was, in historic terms, as swift as it was complete. It is a story worth remembering. We are fortunate when someone who played an important role in those events -- and who is a skilled storytell...

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