JOSEPH CRESPINO ANALYZES HARPER LEE’S GO SET A WATCHMAN IN NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL

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SLSA member Joseph Crespino argues Harper Lee’s recently released novel, Go Set a Watchman, “offers a subtle and surprising exploration of racial politics, and not merely because of the racist comments of Atticus Finch, one of the most beloved figures in American literature,” in a recent New York Times op-ed. The editorial, “Atticus Finch Offers a Lesson in Southern Politics,” is available via the New York Times online.

Joseph Crespino is the Jimmy Carter Professor of 20th century American political history and Southern history since Reconstruction. He is the author of Strom Thurmond’s America, In Search of Another Country: Mississippi and the Conservative Counterrevolution, and co-editor, with Matthew Lassiter, of The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism.