In Discovering the South historian Jennifer Ritterhouse pieces together Daniels's unpublished notes from his tour along with his published writings and a wealth of archival evidence to put this one man's journey through a South in transition into a larger context. Daniels's well chosen itinerary brought him face to face with the full range of political and cultural possibilities in the South of the 1930s, from New Deal liberalism and social planning in the Tennessee Valley Authority, to Communist agitation in the Scottsboro case, to planters' and industrialists' reactionary worldview and repressive violence. The result is a lively narrative of black and white southerners fighting for and against democratic social change at the start of the nation's long civil rights era.
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This is a fascinating, rich account of the mid-twentieth-century South. Beautifully and inventively conceived, this book uses Jonathan Daniels to consider a crucial moment when the South (and the country) was on the verge of major changes. Ritterhouse's book gives us a unique lens through which to explore the conflicts and uncertainties of where the South was headed in the late 1930s and 1940s.William A. Link, University of Florida