320 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 9 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4236-9
Published: February 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-0213-4
Published: May 2013
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0214-1
Published: May 2013
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Relying on archival sources, including Kilpatrick's personal papers, Hustwit provides an invaluable look at what Gunnar Myrdal called the race problem in the "white mind" at the intersection of the postwar conservative and civil rights movements. Growing out of a painful family history and strongly conservative political cultures, Kilpatrick's personal values and self-interested opportunism contributed to America's ongoing struggles with race and reform.
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William P. Hustwit is associate professor of history at Birmingham-Southern College.
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"Traces the intellectual journey of James J. Kilpatrick from regional southern journalist to one of the most prominent conservative commentators of the latter half of the 20th century . . . . It represents an important aspect of the Civil Rights movement."--Publishers Weekly
"An engrossing new biography. . . . [Hustwit] has done a first-rate job of providing a much-needed biography of one of the South's most important journalists of the 20th century."--Raleigh News & Observer
“In this lively and well-researched study, William P. Hustwit places his subject, James J. Kilpatrick, in the vanguard of two movements: the effort to uphold segregation in the South and the rise of conservatism in America.”--American Historical Review
"Hustwit's study of Kilpatrick as a political and media figure deepens our understanding of the complex relationships connecting opposition to civil rights, media, modern conservatism, and the evolving rhetoric of white racial politics in the second half of the twentieth century."--Journal of Southern History
"Offers a new perspective on one of the South's leading segregationists."--Virginia Magazine
"Recommended. Specialized libraries, upper-division undergraduates and above."--Choice