Hodding Carter: The Reconstruction of a Racist

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Algonquin Books, Mar 1, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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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.

 

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Workmanlike biography of the combative (but socially adept) editor/publisher of Mississippi's Greenville Delta Democrat-Times. Carter (1907-72) was hailed as a courageous integrationist by the eastern ... Read full review

Contents

I Said I Was Prejudiced
1
Un Jeune Homme de Bonne Famille
11
Hes Probably Dangerous
24
If We Had Known Anything We Wouldnt Have Tried It
38
We Werent Mississippians but We Werent Yankees
64
An Unfortunate Liking for Excitement
87
The Colonel Thinks I Am a Miracle Man
109
Just a Newspaperman Pretending to Be an Author
130
I Have Lost Whatever Color Consciousness I Brought Along with Me
203
A Curse Lies on Our State
234
Nothing Could Make Things Worse Down Here
262
Burning an Effigy Represents Real Progress
285
Hodding Was Like King Lear
306
Acknowledgments
329
Books by Hodding Carter Jr
333
Notes
335

The Small City Is the Most Potent Soporific I Know
150
The Brighter Side to Life
170

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