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Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South by Catherine Fosl; Forward by Angela Y. Davis
Publication Date: New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002
The first biography of the legendary southern civil rights crusader Anne Braden introduces readers to the contributions of this extraordinary woman, and the witch hunt that targeted her in the 1950s. 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". Subversive Southerner, beyond a story of Braden's nearly six decades of activism, is also a social history of how racism, sexism, and anticommunism intertwined in the 20th-century South as ripples from the Cold War divided the emerging Civil Rights Movement.
Publication Date: New York, Monthly Review Press, 1958
A nonfiction finalist for the 1958 National Book Award, The Wall Between is Anne Braden's account of what resulted when she and her husband, in a challenge to racially restrictive housing practices, purchased a home in an all white-neighborhood and resold it to a Black family, the Wades: mob violence against the Wades, the bombing of the house, and imprisonment for Carl Braden, Anne's husband, on charges of sedition. The book analyzes how the anti-communism and pro-segregation movements overlapped and reinforced each other and its implications for civil rights activism.
Published in 1963, this pamphlet from Anne Braden discusses the Un-American Activities Committee and how accusations of communism are used to suppress efforts to change and integrate the United States.
This site features the full-length interviews of 14 people who were actively involved in civil rights activities in Kentucky, These videos formed the basis for the documentary television program, Living the Story: the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky, Scroll down to find the interview with Anne Braden.
(Runtime: 54:06, originally created February 10, 2003, uploaded September 6, 2016)
A recording of a classroom visit made by Anne Braden and Alice Wade to discuss the history and ongoing nature of the fight for civil rights. Braden discusses her involvement with the housing bombing/sedition case in 1954 and touches on how the history of the civil rights movement is rooted in how racism was essential to the United States from its founding.
This is the finding aid for the "papers of Louisville, Kentucky, civil rights activists Carl and Anne Braden, primarily documenting their work with the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF), 1954-1974, and the Social Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice (SOC), 1974-2006." The papers are held by the Wisconsin Historical Society and no items in this collection are digitized.
The finding aid for the Anne McCarty Braden Papers held by the University of Louisville. The scope and contents say that "the bulk of this material relates to their roles as civil rights activists, including its expression in Anne's writings, teaching materials, and correspondence. Also included are materials written about the Bradens." None of the materials are digitized.
This finding aid links to the Carl and Anne Braden papers held by the University of Kentucky. According to the scope and contents note the papers focus on the Bradens' efforts to integrate housing in Louisville, the sedition charge leveled against them in the bombing of the house they purchased for the Wade family, and the Committee on Un-American activities.