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The Southern Patriot

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: MS-124

Scope and Contents

The Southern Patriot was a progressive southern newspaper that ran from 1942-1976? out of South Carolina. The newspaper supported and advocated desegregation before and after the Civil Rights Movement. It covered groups like the militant-leaning Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in a favorable light. It covered the youth movements, sit-ins, and acts of civil disobedience surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and inspired activists in their endeavors.

The Southern Patriot was the newspaper arm of The Southern Conference Educational Fund or SCEF a group that led in the fight against segregation.  Its first editor was James Dombrowski, “a white, Florida-born reformer who had been active in southern causes sine the 1920’s.” (Southern Patriot, 503). The Southern Patriot was named in an attempt to avoid the communist slurs that aimed at most anti-segregationist organizations. In the mid 1950’s editorship was assumed by Anne Braden a white Kentucky anti –racist activist, who with her husband Carl Braden became leaders and strong voices within the anti-segregationist movement throughout the 1960’s and early 1970’s.  The Southern Patriot was an important voice on the left uncovering often overlooked stories of racism.  Carl Braden was often jailed and called a communist for his outspoken opposition to institutionalized racism. Anne served as a mentor for student groups such as SNCC and she worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King.  In 1973, due to a challenge on the left, the Bradens left SCEF and the paper became more Marxist Leninist.  (Southern Patriot in The Encyclopedia of Social Movement, SAGE: Three Oaks CA, 2011, pp 502-506.)

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  • 1965 - 1976


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


2.0 Boxes



Arrangement Note

Our collection of the Southern Patriot runs from 1965 to 1976.  Starting in October 1965, we have an almost full run of the magazine, until  late 1973 where the coverage becomes spotty.  A general trend of the magazine is to publish monthly from January to June, and the pick up in September through December.  However, sometimes issue numbers will indicate a missing summer issue.  We are not sure if the missing issue was actually published or the numbering was off where those years indicate extra summer publications.

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Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-11: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
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