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Discovering the SouthOne Man's Travels through a Changing America in the 1930s$
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Jennifer Ritterhouse

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630946

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630946.001.0001

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We So-Called Free Moderns

We So-Called Free Moderns

Raleigh, North Carolina

(p.20) Chapter One We So-Called Free Moderns
Discovering the South

Jennifer Ritterhouse

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter provides biographical background on Jonathan Daniels. His education at the University of North Carolina, ambitions as a novelist, and publication of Clash of Angels (1930) are highlighted. The death in childbirth of his first wife, Elizabeth Bridgers Daniels, made it difficult for the grieving Daniels to complete a second, satirical novel that might have been his entry into the developing Southern Renaissance alongside his former classmate Thomas Wolfe. The liberal-minded editorials Daniels wrote after taking over from his father as editor of the Raleigh News and Observer in 1933 are contrasted with Josephus Daniels's role in North Carolina's "white supremacy campaign" of 1898 that resulted in the Wilmington massacre. Jonathan's liberalism reflected the influence of other white southern liberals such as Regionalist sociologist Howard Odum and publisher W. T. Couch. New York editor Harold Strauss encouraged Daniels to write a book about the South, resulting in his journey.

Keywords:   Biography, Josephus Daniels, North Carolina white supremacy campaign, Wilmington massacre, Howard Odum, William Terry Couch, Regionalism, Southern Renaissance

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