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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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