Shades of Gray: Dispatches from the Modern South

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LSU Press, 1991 - History - 268 pages
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A collection of 13 of journalist/author Egerton's most provocative, insightful articles from the past quarter century. All concern southern people, places, events, or issues that hide beneath their surface a deceptive complexity (hence the title). Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Since the mid-1960s, Egerton has been exploring the complex Southern society and recording his findings in some of the country's most respected magazines. Shades of Gray collects 13 essays written ... Read full review

Contents

A Different and Familiar Place
1
West Virginias Battle of the Books
23
Alex Haleys Tennessee Roots
39
The Trial of Highlander Folk School
58
The King Coal Good Times Blues
77
A Gentlemens Fight in Prince Edward County Virginia
105
The Ancestry of Muhammad Ali
131
Claude Peppers Last Crusade
146
Maurice Mays and the Knoxville Race Riot of 1919
164
The Enduring Mystery of James Earl Ray
188
Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center
211
A Rebel Yell Fading
237
Index
261
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About the author (1991)

John Egerton 's previous books include The Americanization of Dixie; Generations: An American Family; and Southern Food. He lives in Nashville.

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