University of Louisville Yarmuth Book Award Winners Presented with SUBVERSIVE SOUTHERNER by Catherine Fosl
University Press of Kentucky title, Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South by Catherine Fosl, was chosen to be presented to the recipients of the 2014 University of Louisville Yarmuth Book Award. The award, which began in 1987, recognizes Kentucky and Southern Indiana high school juniors who show academic promise, intellectual curiosity, and are community service oriented. In recognition of their achievement, the program awards each winner a book, chosen by a University of Louisville committee. Funding for the programs is provided by an endowment from the family of Congressman John Yarmuth in honor of his father, Stanley Yarmuth.
Subversive Southerner is the biography of Kentucky native Anne McCarty Braden (1924-2006), a courageous southern white woman who in the late 1940s rejected her segregationist and privileged past to become a lifelong crusader against racial discrimination. University of Louisville professor Catherine Fosl offers insight into the life of Braden, discussing her subject's unfair branding as a Communist and seditionist because of her conscientiousness towards racial injustice in the South. In Subversive Southerner, the author details how Braden remained a controversial figure in the civil rights movement, but ultimately remained committed to the cause. The biography is a social history of how racism, sexism, and anticommunism overlapped in the twentieth-century south and how ripples from the Cold War divided and limited the southern civil rights movement.
Catherine Fosl is an associate professor of women's and gender studies and director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research at the University of Louisville. She is the co-author of Freedom on the Border: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky.