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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Fosl Narrator: Sara Morsey Publisher: Sara Morsey Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781504709088
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Anne McCarty Braden (1924–2006) rejected her segregationist, privileged past to become one of the civil rights movement’s staunchest white allies.

In 1954 she was charged with sedition by McCarthyist politicians who played on fears of communism to preserve southern segregation. Though Braden remained controversial―even within the civil rights movement―in 1963 she became one of only five white southerners whose contributions to the movement were commended by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in his famed “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Braden’s activism ultimately spanned nearly six decades, making her one of the most enduring white voices against racism in modern US history.

Subversive Southerner is more than a riveting biography of an extraordinary southern white woman; it is also a social history of how racism, sexism, and anticommunism intertwined in the twentieth-century South as ripples from the Cold War divided the emerging civil rights movement.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anne Braden was one of the courageous few who crossed the color line to fight for racial justice. Her history is a proud and fascinating one…Please read this book.”

    Jesse L. Jackson, American civil-rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician

  • “Laying out the inescapable interconnection of civil rights and civil liberties is Fosl’s most impressive accomplishment.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An excellent and inspiring read.”


  • “An achievement that deftly integrates biography with both regional and national history.”

    Southern Historian

  • “A compelling picture of a person committed to the cause of racial justice.”

    Nashville Tennessean

  • “Now, Fosl…gives Braden the recognition she rightly deserves. Recommended.”

    Choice magazine (Australia)

  • “Fosl conveys the bravery and uncompromising convictions that made Anne Braden an important figure.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrator Sara Morsey’s conversational style is ideal for this biography…Morsey uses a Southern accent only for quotes from such such figures as civil-rights leader Julian Bond and colorful Alabama governor and activist Big Jim Folsom…A glimpse of Braden’s family life adds poignancy to Fosi’s well-researched biography.”


  • “Among the very best of the feminist biographies that have changed the way women imagine—and live—their lives.”

    Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, American historian and University of North Carolina professor

  • Cowinner of the 2003 Oral History Association Book Award
  • Winner of the Gustavus Myers Center for Human Rights Outstanding Book Award
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About the Author

Catherine Fosl is an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and the founding director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research at the University of Louisville. She is the author of several works, including Subversive Southerner, Freedom on the Border, and Women for All Seasons.