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Carolina Israelite: How Harry Golden Made Us Care about Jews, the South, and Civil Rights

“Hartnett is a superb writer who knows what can be produced when you research the past and learn what ‘regular people’ are reading.” —Robert B. Stepto, reviewing for  the Washington Post. 

“Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett’s biography of Harry Golden is, at 266 pages of text,
the right length. She does not scant any of

her subject’s faults and brings out his  virtues.”  — Joseph Epstein, The Wall Street Journal

“Hartnett has written a marvelous biography of a man with numerous and ambiguous American, Southern, and Jewish identities….It is a page-turner well worth the attention of scholars and laypeople.” – Mark Bauman, American Jewish Archives Journal. 

A superbly written, solidly researched book… will stand as a moving portrait of a man whose life and work, in Hartnett’s words, trace the ‘arc of the civil rights movement.’ ” —David Laskin, author of The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the 20th Century, in Seattle Times.

Most importantly, Hartnett places Golden’s life and work in historical context, drawing masterfully on a wide range of secondary sources to make an eloquent case that remembering Golden still has value 35 years after his death—especially as equal voting rights are again coming under attack. ”
-Matt Buckingham in Willamette Week.

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“This book describes a significant chapter of American political history, serves as a supplemental resource for social and cognitive psychology, and will appeal as a well-told, stranger-than-fiction tale.”  — CHOICE Connect  (A publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries/American Library Association.) See full review.

“..Comprehensive, expertly researched and engagingly written.” –Sam Shapiro, Charlotte Observer    See the full review.

“…This highly readable and recommended biography will be a welcome addition to public and university libraries, especially those with interests in Jewish American culture, the civil rights movement, and the American South.”
–Starred review in Library Journal, April 15, 2015.

“[Golden]…is the subject of a brisk, thoroughly researched, and mostly admiring biography by Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett.”
–Edward Kosner, for Commentary Magazine

“…Much more than the biography of one man, however, this is a well-told account of the civil rights movement, describing significant milestones in its history, the splits among its leaders, and the various forms that activism took. A solid piece of research that reveals both the strengths and weaknesses of a now-forgotten man who loved a good story and could put a comic spin on important
social issues.”
— From Kirkus Reviews

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