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Strom Thurmond and the politics of Southern change /
Nadine Cohodas.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c1993.
574 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0671689355 :
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New York : Simon & Schuster, c1993.
0671689355 :
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Spine title: Strom Thurmond.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 547-553) and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1992-12-14:
This respectful biography traces South Carolina Senator Thurmond's career from his status as a ``consummate white reactionary'' to that of a savvy politician who courts black voters. Cohodas, a former staffer for Congressional Quarterly , reconstructs Thurmond's long political career, from judge to governor to senator, and describes his political strategies, including his pork-barrel politics. And she interweaves Thurmond's career with the story of civil rights conflicts in the South. But her interviews with Thurmond reveal little, and she does not probe his colleagues. Also, while Cohodas occasionally sees ironies in Thurmond's political transformation, her conclusion that his support of black Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas symbolizes a major change is undermined by Thomas's conservatism. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Appeared in Choice on 1993-06:
Cohodas has produced much more than just a biography of one of the most enigmatic and durable US politicians of this century; she provides readers with a detailed and insightful account of the evolution of southern politics, politicians, and culture during the civil rights era. While there is an abundance of works on the Civil Rights Movement and southern politics such as C. Vann Woodward's The Strange Career of Jim Crow (3rd rev. ed., 1974), Earl and Merle Black's Southern Governors and Civil Rights (CH, Oct'76), Taylor Branch's Parting the Waters (CH, Jun'89), Ethan Bronner's Battle for Justice (1989), Margaret Edds's Free at Last (CH, Nov'87), Richard Bardolph's The Civil Rights Record (CH, Oct'70), and Aldon Morris's The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement (CH, Feb'85), most of these works tend to be narrower in their focus and approach the movement primarily from the perspective of its impact on and implications for black America. Cohodas presents an exhaustively researched, in-depth, and interestingly written account which not only traces the evolution of Strom Thurmond's political career but provides helpful insights on how white southerners and their political leaders saw the Civil Rights Movement as an infringement on their states' rights and "culture and tradition." Her account will be of interest to anyone exploring southern politics and the Civil Rights Movement. All libraries. C. P. Chelf; Western Kentucky University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1992-12:
The life of Republican Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina almost spans the 20th century. (He was born in 1902.) In addition to his service in the Senate, Thurmond was both a governor of South Carolina and the Dixiecrat (a state's rights movement) candidate for the presidency in 1948. Examining Thurmond's career, Cohodas pays particular attention to his strong opposition to racial integration and his role in the development of the Republican Party as a viable force in the once solidly Democratic South. She has written a readable, well-documented account of the Southern battle over integration from the perspective of one of its most highly visible conservative opponents. For an examination of how a liberal Southern Congressman reacted to many of the same challenges, readers may consult Carl Elliot and Michael D'Orso's The Cost of Courage: The Journey of an American Congressman ( LJ 2/1/92).-- Thomas H. Ferrell, Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette
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Kirkus Reviews, December 1992
Library Journal, December 1992
Publishers Weekly, December 1992
Choice, June 1993
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. 9
Standing with the Peoplep. 11
The Legacy of Pitchfork Ben 1870-1928p. 18
On the Move 1929-1937p. 37
Insulation Against the Turmoil 1938-1946p. 53
Making Choices 1947p. 93
Irreversible Course January 1948-June 1948p. 126
Candidate by Default July 1948-December 1948p. 154
In the Shadow of the Court 1949-1953p. 194
The Year of Precedents 1954p. 239
Resistance and Resolve 1955-1960p. 268
Breakthrough 1961-1964p. 315
The Center Cannot Hold 1965-1970p. 363
Readjustment 1971-1979p. 414
Back over the Rubicon: A Man Redeemed, a Life Remembered 1980-1992p. 454
Abbreviations Used in Source Notesp. 499
Notesp. 501
Bibliographyp. 547
Acknowledgmentsp. 554
Indexp. 557
Picture Creditsp. 575
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