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James J. Kilpatrick: Salesman for Segregation
     

James J. Kilpatrick: Salesman for Segregation

by William P. Hustwit
 

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James J. Kilpatrick was a nationally known television personality, journalist, and columnist whose conservative voice rang out loudly and widely through the twentieth century. As editor of the Richmond News Leader, writer for the National Review, debater in the "Point/Counterpoint" portion of CBS's 60 Minutes, and supporter of conservative

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James J. Kilpatrick was a nationally known television personality, journalist, and columnist whose conservative voice rang out loudly and widely through the twentieth century. As editor of the Richmond News Leader, writer for the National Review, debater in the "Point/Counterpoint" portion of CBS's 60 Minutes, and supporter of conservative political candidates like Barry Goldwater, Kilpatrick had many platforms for his race-based brand of southern conservatism. In James J. Kilpatrick: Salesman for Segregation, William Hustwit delivers a comprehensive study of Kilpatrick's importance to the civil rights era and explores how his protracted resistance to both desegregation and egalitarianism culminated in an enduring form of conservatism that revealed a nation's unease with racial change.
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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Publishers Weekly
A visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Mississippi 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. Kilpatrick focused his early career on creating supposedly acceptable public arguments against desegregation by “elevat the level of debate beyond race” and into the realm of constitutional theory—as a harbinger of FOX News and the conservative talk radio cadre, he is most interesting as an embodiment of how desperately the south fought integration. Hustwit’s analysis reveals how many of their tactics—e.g., asserting that “real affirmative action meant letting blacks help themselves”—have become standards of conservative rhetoric, and it is sobering to discover how readily the mass media and society at large accepted Kilpatrick’s overt racism, even as late as 1963. (After Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, Kilpatrick wrote a solicited article for the Saturday Evening Post entitled “The Hell He Is Equal.” To the magazine’s credit they decided in the wake of the Birmingham church bombings not to publish it.) Hustwit’s history will likely find a limited scholarly audience, but it represents an important aspect of the Civil Rights movement. 9 illus. (May)
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Hustwit's attention to the suppleness and the adaptability of Kilpatrick's thought is . . . this book's strength.—Journal of American Studies

Recommended. Specialized libraries, upper-division undergraduates and above.—Choice

"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#

"In sparkling and accessible prose, Hustwit provides James Kilpatrick with an intelligent, fair assessment. An important contribution to our understanding of modern conservatism in the South."—William A. Link, University of Florida

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469602134
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/01/2013
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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In sparkling and accessible prose, Hustwit provides James Kilpatrick with an intelligent, fair assessment. An important contribution to our understanding of modern conservatism in the South.—William A. Link, University of Florida

We have long needed a first-rate biography of James J. Kilpatrick, one of the most influential figures in the evolution of conservativism in the South of the 1950s and 1960s. William Hustwit has given us just such a study. But it is more than biography. It is an illuminating examination of the role that Kilpatrick played in leading white southerners away from a conservatism based overwhelmingly upon race to a broader national coalition.—Dan Carter, University Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina

Meet the Author

William P. Hustwit is visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Mississippi.

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