Anne Braden was charged with sedition in 1954 by McCarthyist politicians who played on fears of communism to preserve southern segregation. Though controversial, even within the civil rights movement, Braden became one of only five white southerners whose contributions to the movement were commended by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Her activism spanned nearly six decades, making Braden one of the most enduring white voices against racism in modern US history. A riveting biography, this is also a social history of how racism, sexism, and anticommunism intertwined as ripples from the Cold War divided the emerging civil rights movement.
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"Narrator Sara Morsey's conversational style is ideal for this biography of Civil Rights activist Anne McCarty Braden. Braden was born to a privileged white Southern family but changed after observing the "Southern police state" of her time when she became a journalist. Braden is a fascinating figure who observed that Southern newspapers ignored black issues, including murder, and used the Cold War against the Civil Rights movement. Morsey uses a Southern accent only for quotes from such such figures as Civil Rights leader Julian Bond and colorful Alabama governor and activist Big Jim Folsom. Listeners will be gratified by this unique overview of Civil Rights history featuring a woman who is commended in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail." A glimpse of Braden's family life adds poignancy to Fosi's well-researched biography. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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