Freedom Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters From the Civil Rights Years

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Taylor & Francis, Aug 21, 2003 - History - 288 pages
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Virginia Foster Durr was a monumental champion for civil rights. A white southerner who returned to Alabama in 1951 after twenty years in Washington, she was horrified to revisit the racism of her childhood. She wrote hundreds of letters - humorous, sharp and observant - to her friends up north, among them Eleanor Roosevelt, Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, Hugo Black and C. Vann Woodward.
Published on the 100th anniversary of Durr's birth, her letters offer a distinctive glimpse into the day-to-day battles for racial justice at a pivotal moment in American history.

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Civil rights activist Virginia Durr (1903-1999) was, as her husband, the attorney Clifford Durr, noted, a Southern belle possessed of"more than one person's share of guts," as this collection of her ... Read full review

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Patricia Sullivan is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, University of South Carolina, and Fellow, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University. She is coeditor of Civil Rights in the United States and has been a consultant on many films and documentaries, most recently HBO's "Boycott.

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