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VOICE OF THE SOUTHERN
Leonard Ray Teel
University of Tennessee Press, 2001
A compassionate, complicated
and contradictory personage, Ralph Waldo Emerson McGill
was born in 1898 in the tiny east Tennessee town of Soddypart
of an area later submerged by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Reporter, editor, publisher,
foreign correspondent, goodwill ambassador, widely syndicated
columnist, chronic boozer and political agitator, McGill
was the essential newspaperman. From his decades-held
desk at the Atlanta Constitution, McGill shunned
the often-ineffective role of the "objective journalist."
Instead, he was guided by the facts as he saw them and
his own sense of right and wrong.
Regarded as an authority
on civil rights and Southern affairs, McGill advised Presidents
Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson on
both domestic and international matters and cemented close
alliances with such diverse figures as J. Edgar Hoover
and Martin Luther King, Jr. A champion of equal rights
for blacks, he was an adamant integrationist in the 1940s
and 1950sa time when respectable society didn't
discuss the topic in public.
In an epoch of Klan power,
mob rule, lynchings and dynamite, redneck terrorists habitually
menaced McGill with threatening phone calls and (misspelled)
hate mail, pummeled his house with rubbish and rocks,
smashed his mailbox and shattered his windows with buckshot.
Old conservative demagogues dubbed him "Red Ralph." Yet,
in his old age, this "nigger-loving pinko" woke
to find both white and black radicals ridiculing his stubborn
support of the Vietnam War and heckling him as a fossil
from the Old South.
McGill was a tireless humanist
and an immensely prolific workhorse who labored constantly
despite illness. He was consulting an educator about the
benefits of a bi-racial busing project when he collapsed
from heart failure and died hours later.
Leonard Ray Teel, once
an Atlanta Constitution reporter himself, examines
McGills life and career with precision and perspective,
noting McGills moral drive and physical excesses.
Anecdotes abound: McGill drinking with Ernest Hemingway
in a Paris bar or sipping goats milk and brandy
with an elderly Carl Sandburg in North Carolina; how he
bad-mouthed Chiang Kai-shek face to face on Chiangs
own turf in Chungking; how he first championed, then abandoned,
Mao, Castro, Eisenhower and Bobby Kennedy.
Emerson McGill, we see the malice and malevolence
of McGills many foes, the adoration of his many
fans and a chronicling of the maturation of the civil
rights movement, which McGill had helped to nurture.By
THE COMING OF
Oxford University Press, 2002
Within a few decades, Kinshasa,
Buenos Aires, Addis Ababa and Manila will replace Rome,
Athens, Paris, London and New York as the new focal points
in the Churchs universality. While we live through
a tumultuous and transformative segment of history, one
of the most influential and incredible evolutions has
gone almost unnoticed. Christianity is moving, or already
has moved, to the global South. As such, Christianity
itself is undergoing a significant makeover, creating
a Christianity that barely resembles the Western perception
of it. This shift will have an enormous impact on global
politics. Why is the shift in Christian influence so important?
The pivotal difference lies in what will take precedencereligious
identification or allegiance to secular nation-states.
Jenkins asserts religious identification. Secular movements
such as communism, feminism and environmentalism have
gotten the lions share of our attention, but the
explosive southward expansion of Christianity in Africa,
Asia and Latin America has barely registered on Western
consciousness. The Next Christendom gives rise
to the idea that has been largely ignored by both scholars
and the mediaChristianity is growing, not shrinking.
He also depicts how the consequences of ignoring this
change have the potential to end disastrously.
The move of Christian populations
to the Southern Hemisphere has induced a variation on
the face of Christianity most Westerners are not accustomed
to. And who a Christian is will look very different.
The Christian of the global South isnt an old white
manshe is a poor, brown-skinned woman. The metamorphosis
which brands a Christianity Westerners are unfamiliar
with is integral to understanding how religious identification
could take precedence over allegiance to secular nation-states.
The churches that have grown most rapidly in the global
South are far more traditional, morally conservative,
evangelical, poverty-stricken and apocalyptic than their
Northern counterparts. Mysticism, Puritanism, belief in
prophecy, faith healing, exorcism and dream visionsconcepts
which more liberal Western churches have traded in for
progressive political and social concernsare basic
to the newer churches in the South. As Christianity grows
in regions where Islam is also expected to increaseas
recent conflicts in Indonesia, Nigeria and the Philippines
revealwe may see a return to the religious wars
of the past, fought out with renewed intensity and high-tech
Strange Career Of Jim Crow
C. Vann Woodward
Oxford University Press,  2002
C. Vann Woodward, who died
in 1999 at the age of 91, was Americas most eminent
Southern historian, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for
Mary Chestnuts Civil War and a Bancroft Prize
for The Origins of the New South. Now, to honor
his long and truly distinguished career, Oxford University
Press has published a special commemorative edition of
Woodwards most influential work, The Strange
Career of Jim Crow.
The Strange Career of Jim
Crow is one of the great works of Southern history.
Indeed, the book actually helped shape that history. Published
in 1955, a year after the Supreme Court in Brown v.
Board of Education ordered schools desegregated, Strange
Career was cited so often to counter arguments for
segregation that Martin Luther King, Jr. called it "the
historical Bible of the civil rights movement." The book
offers a clear and illuminating analysis of the history
of Jim Crow laws, presenting evidence that segregation
in the South dated only to the 1890s. Woodward convincingly
shows that, even under slavery, the two races had not
been divided as they were under the Jim Crow laws of the
1890s. In fact, during Reconstruction, there was considerable
economic and political mixing of the races. The segregating
of the races was a relative newcomer to the region.
Hailed as one of the top
100 nonfiction works of the twentieth century, The
Strange Career of Jim Crow has sold almost a million
copies and remains, in the words of David Herbert Donald,
"a landmark in the history of American race relations."
Genes And Gamow
AFTER THE DOUBLE HELIX
James D. Watson
Immediately following the
revolutionary discovery of the structure of DNA by James
D. Watson and Francis Crick in 1953, the world of molecular
biology was caught up in a gold rush. The goal: to uncover
the secrets of life that the newly elucidated molecule
promised to reveal. Genes, Girls and Gamow is James
Watsons report on the aftermath of the DNA breakthrough,
picking up where his now-classic memoir, The Double
Helix, left off.
Here are the collaborations
and collisions of giants, not only of Watson and Crick
themselves but also of countless others, including Linus
Pauling (the greatest chemist of the day); Richard Feynman
(the bongo-playing cynosure of Caltech); and, especially,
George Gamow, the bear-like Russian physicistand
pranksterwho, with Watson, founded the legendary
But Watson, at 25already
the winner of genetic researchs greatest jackpotis
obsessed with another goal as well: to find love, and
a wife equal to his unexpected fame. As he and an international
cast of roguish young colleagues do important research,
they also compare notes and share complaints on the scarcity
of eligible mates. And amid the feverish search for the
role of the then still mysterious RNA molecule, Watsons
thoughts are seldom far from the supreme object of his
desire, an enthralling Swarthmore coed who also happens
to be the daughter of Harvards most eminent biologist.
Part scientific apprenticeship,
part sentimental education, Genes, Girls and Gamow
is a penetrating revelation of how great science is accomplished
and a candid account of one mans full range of ambitions.
Demon And The Angel
SEARCHING FOR THE SOURCE OF ARTISTIC INSPIRATION
Be it painting, poetry
or jazz, art is to be admired by its audience. But what
actually goes into the process of creation? What are the
often-warring forces that compel an artist to bring his
vision into being? In The Demon and the Angel,
poet Edward Hirsch navigates the elusive and wonderfully
complex terrain of the imagination.
Exploring the source of
artistic inspiration, Hirsch introduces the reader to
"duende" or the devil, a concept that Federico Garcia
Lorca coined in 1933 which refers to the dark and potent
force that fuels the creative spirit. According to Hirsch,
duende is a force that Billie Holiday had and was ruled
by and that Marlon Brando possessed but squandered. Lawrence
Olivier had duende, as did Miles Davis and Ernest Hemingway.
In The Demon and the Angel, Hirsch taps into this
force himself, explaining the widely different ways artists
respond to the power and energy of the creative impulse.
Looking at a range of artistic
endeavorsfrom painting and jazz music to literature
and poetryThe Demon and the Angel gives an
intriguing tour of the minds of artists and the creative
process. Using duende (or the demon) and its opposing
angel as guides, Hirsch illuminates the dark space of
the imagination where all art is born while creating an
inspiring work of art of his own in the process.