Braden, Anne, 1924-2006

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Journalist, civil rights activist; interviewee married Carl Braden.

From the description of Reminiscences of Anne Braden : oral history, 1981. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309721763

Journalist; civil rights activist; interviewee married Carl Braden.

From the description of Oral history interview with Anne Braden, 1978. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309721830

Anne McCarty was born on July 28, 1924, in Louisville, Kentucky, but grew up in Anniston, Alabama. A devout Episcopalian, she studied literature and journalism at a Virginia women's college, then worked as a newspaper reporter in postwar Alabama before returning to Louisville. She joined the staff of the Louisville Times in 1947. Here she covered civil rights causes and met radical reformers for the first time. She met and in 1948 married fellow newspaperman and labor editor Carl Braden. The Bradens left mainstream journalism to apply their writing talents to the interracial left wing of Louisville's labor movement. They were propelled onto the national scene through their 1954 agreement to act as "fronts" for Andrew Wade and his family to purchase a home in Louisville's segregated suburbs. The Wades' new home was dynamited and this act of housing desegregation turned into a local variation of "McCarthyism." The investigation shifted from segregationist violence to the alleged Communist Party affiliations of those who had supported the Wades. In October 1954 Anne and Carl Braden and five other whites were charged with sedition, and Carl Braden was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Anne was never tried and the conviction was later overturned, but the Wades lost their home and never saw its bombers prosecuted. Blacklisted locally, the Bradens took jobs in 1957 as field organizers for the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF); for 16 years, Anne Braden edited SCEF's monthly newspaper, The Southern Patriot, and publicized civil rights campaigns through press releases and articles for other small journals. Although their radical politics marginalized them among many of their own generation, the Bradens were reclaimed by younger activists of the 1960s as civil libertarians who connected racism to war and poverty. After her husband's death in 1975, Anne Braden remained among the U.S.'s most outspoken white anti-racist activists and writers until her own death in 2006. Anne Braden was instrumental in organizing across racial divides in the new environmental and anti-nuclear movements in the 1970s-80s and she cautioned the women's liberation movement to act against racism. In the last decade of her life, Anne Braden focused on the Louisville community, working with the Kentucky Alliance against Racism and Political Repression; she also taught courses at University of Louisville and Northern Kentucky University. [Adapted from a biography by Catherine Fosl.]

From the description of Anne Braden papers, 1920s-2006. (University of Louisville). WorldCat record id: 610013637

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referencedIn United Packinghouse, Food, and Allied Workers. Records, 1937-1982. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Nolan, David. Papers, 1960-1987. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn James Forman Papers, 1848-2005, (bulk 1961-2001) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Progress in Education. Records, 1972-1978. University of Louisville, Ekstrom Library
referencedIn Congress of Racial Equality. Records, 1941-1967. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Cedric Belfrage Papers, Bulk, 1945-1985, 1922-1990, (Bulk 1945-1985) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Braden, Anne, 1924-2006. Anne Braden papers, 1920s-2006. University of Louisville, Ekstrom Library
referencedIn Mazey, Ernest, 1919-1979. Ernest Mazey papers, 1942-1979. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
creatorOf Braden, Anne, 1924-2006. Reminiscences of Anne Braden : oral history, 1981. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Committee to Combat Racial Injustice. Records, 1957-1965. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984. Papers: Series I-III, 1908-1985 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Ewing, Ed, 1932- . Papers, 1963-1968 and n.d. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn William W. Finlator Papers Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
referencedIn United States National Student Association. Southern Student Human Relations Project. Administrative files, 1958-1969. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
referencedIn Committee for Miners. Records, 1963-1965. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Ginger, Dan,. Oral history interview transcripts, 1995-1996. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn National Committee Against Repressive Legislation. Records, 1948-2003. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Andrews, Olive, d.1991. Papers, 1956-1965 and n.d. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Victor Rabinowitz Papers, Bulk, 1955-1980, 1918-2003, (Bulk 1955-1980) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Papers of Virginia Foster Durr, 1919-2007 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Rabin, Jack, 1945-. Jack Rabin collection on Alabama civil rights and southern activists, 1941-2004 (bulk 1956-1974). Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Executive Director John L. Tilley files, 1957-1959. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
creatorOf Braden, Carl, 1914-1975. Carl and Anne Braden papers, 1928-2006. Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
referencedIn Mississippi's 'Freedom Summer' Reviewed: A fifteen year perspective on progress in race relations, 1964-1979 (1979: Jackson, Miss.). Presentations, 1979. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Reed, Linda, 1955-. Oral history interviews of the Southern Conference for Human Welfare/Educational Fund Oral History Project, 1983. Indiana University
referencedIn Durr, Virginia Foster. Papers: Series I, 1919-1988 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Kirchwey, Freda, 1893-1976. Papers, 1871-1972 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn James A. Dombrowski papers, 1918-1983 Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Braden, Carl, 1914-1975. Carl and Anne Braden Papers, 1954-1964. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Forman, James, 1928-2005. James Forman papers, 1848-2005 (bulk 1961-2001). Library of Congress
creatorOf Wallace, Tom, 1874-1961. Tom Wallace papers, 1925-1960. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Braden, Anne, 1924-2006. Oral history interview with Anne Braden, 1978. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Allen, Martha Leslie. Papers, 1969-1977. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Belfrage, Cedric, 1904-. Papers, 1922-1990 (bulk 1945-1985). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn King, Slater. Slater King papers, 1955-1968. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
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referencedIn Dabbs, James McBride, 1896-1970. James McBride Dabbs papers, 1914-1980 (bulk 1923-1970). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Papers, 1908-1985 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Braden, Carl, 1914-1975. Carl and Anne Braden Papers, 1928-1990. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Executive Director Ella J. Baker files, 1958-1960. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Center
referencedIn National Committee against Repressive Legislation (U.S.). Records, 1952-1980. Wisconsin historical society
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associatedWith Allen, Martha Leslie. person
associatedWith Andrews, Olive, d.1991. person
associatedWith BARBARA DEMING, 1917-1984 person
associatedWith Belfrage, Cedric, 1904- person
associatedWith Braden, Carl, 1914-1975. person
associatedWith Committee for Miners. corporateBody
associatedWith Committee to Combat Racial Injustice. corporateBody
associatedWith Congress of Racial Equality. corporateBody
associatedWith Dabbs, James McBride, 1896-1970. person
associatedWith Deming, Barbara, 1917-1984. person
associatedWith Dombrowski, James A. (James Anderson), 1897-1983. person
associatedWith Durr, Virginia Foster. person
associatedWith Ewing, Ed, 1932- . person
associatedWith Finlator, William W., 1913- person
correspondedWith Forman, James, 1928-2005. person
associatedWith FREDA KIRCHWEY, 1893-1976 person
associatedWith Ginger, Dan, person
associatedWith Hogan, Lenore B., person
associatedWith Kentucky Alliance against Racist and Political Oppression. corporateBody
associatedWith King, Slater. person
associatedWith Kirchwey, Freda. person
correspondedWith Mazey, Ernest, 1919-1979. person
associatedWith Mississippi's 'Freedom Summer' Reviewed: A fifteen year perspective on progress in race relations, 1964-1979 (1979: Jackson, Miss.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Committee against Repressive Legislation (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nolan, David. person
associatedWith Progress in Education. corporateBody
associatedWith Rabin, Jack, 1945- person
associatedWith Rabinowitz, Victor. person
associatedWith Southern Christian Leadership Conference. corporateBody
associatedWith Southern Conference Educational Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice. corporateBody
associatedWith United Packinghouse, Food, and Allied Workers. corporateBody
associatedWith United States National Student Association. Southern Student Human Relations Project. corporateBody
associatedWith Wallace, Tom, 1874-1961. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Kentucky--Louisville
United States
United States
Southern states
Louisville (Ky.)
Subject
Civil rights
Civil rights movement
Civil rights workers
Civil rights workers
Environmental justice
Journalism
Journalists
Labor movement
Peace movements
School integration
Women civil rights workers
Women journalists
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Birth 1924-07-28

Death 2006-03-06

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