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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469602134
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Edition description: 1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 937,536
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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

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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

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