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Memory of a Racist Past — Yazoo: Integration in a Deep-Southern Town by Willie Morris
Cerise Press: A Journal of Literature, Arts & Culture (2013)
  • Nick J. Sciullo
Abstract

Willie Morris was in many ways larger than life. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, he moved with his family to Yazoo City, Mississippi at the age of six months. He attended and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where his scathing editorials against racism in the South earned him the hatred of university officials. After graduation, he attended Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship. He would join Harper’s Magazine in 1963, rising to become the youngest editor-in-chief in the magazine’s history. He remained at this post until 1971 when he resigned amid dropping ad sales and a lack of confidence from Harper’s owners, the Cowles family. He would move to Bridgehampton, New York, before returning to the South to live out his life. His circle of friends included prominent authors like James Dickey, William Styron, and Winston Groom.

Keywords
  • race,
  • racism,
  • book review,
  • Nick J. Sciullo,
  • southern history,
  • Civil Rights,
  • memory,
  • law,
  • Willie Morris,
  • Yazoo
Publication Date
Summer 2013
Citation Information
Nick J. Sciullo. "Memory of a Racist Past — Yazoo: Integration in a Deep-Southern Town by Willie Morris" Cerise Press: A Journal of Literature, Arts & Culture Vol. 5 Iss. 13 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nickjsciullo/15/