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Carolina IsraeliteHow Harry Golden Made Us Care about Jews, the South, and Civil Rights$
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Kimberly Hartnett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621036.001.0001

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Scandal and Resurrection

Scandal and Resurrection

(p.157) Chapter Five Scandal and Resurrection
Carolina Israelite

Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how Harry Golden’s exposure as an ex-convict affected his career. Still reeling from the success of Only in America, Golden’s past came back to haunt him through an incriminating letter sent to his editor, William Targ. The letter, which was also sent to other publications, contained information about Harry Golden’s conviction, the result of to mail fraud before arriving in South Carolina. Golden confirmed this and accepted the backlash that came with it, such as being the topic of numerous editorials and the cancellation of television and speaking engagements. However, this backlash would not last long as Golden continued to write. In the late 1950s, a section of the Carolina Israelite called “The Golden Plan” became a hit with Golden’s readers. The Plan included essays that would solve various societal ills, with the most famous being the Golden Vertical Negro Plan and the Golden Plan to Eliminate Anti-Semitism.

Keywords:   Harry Golden, conviction, Only in America, William Targ, mail fraud, Carolina Israelite, Golden Plan, Golden Vertical Negro Plan, Golden Plan to Eliminate Anti-Semitism

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