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Julian Bond

Jimmy Carter, Julian Bond, and the Never-Ending Battle Over Southern Identity

Recent news of both the passing of Julian Bond and the growth spread of former President Jimmy Carter’s cancer should be an occasion to think about the kind of legacies built by both men. Bond and Carter embodied both a certain era of American history—the Civil Rights Movement and the national reckoning with its legacy—and a certain region of the United States, the American South. The fact that the two men had national prominence at the same time, and just happened to occupy positions of authority within the Democratic Party, is also important. In essence, Bond and Carter were, I Read more