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Tucker Carrington

Tucker Carrington, a native of Richmond, received his B.A. degree in English from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. degree in fiction from Hollins College. After teaching at a prep school in Chattanooga, he received his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee. He is the founding director of the Mississippi Innocence Project (MIP) and teaches at the University of Mississippi law school.


A Kind of Cracker Camelot

Autumn 1997 | Criticism

In her highly acclaimed first book, Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene focused on a little known patch of the large and complex quilt that is the Southern civil rights movement. She peopled it with characters who were both courageous and flawed, and the end result offered us a fresh and illuminating insight into the difficult and intractable problem of race in this country. Her newest book, The Temple Bombing, works from the same recipe. This time the event is the little known 1958 bombing of Atlanta's reform Jewish Temple. Greene's characters are an indefatigable young rabbi, Jacob Rothschild; a violent group of bigots intent on finding a Jewish conspiracy behind the country's racial turmoil; a burgeoning Southern city on the cusp of radical change; and a host of civic and business leaders whose stance on civil rights is guided by the exigencies of healthy commerce rather than by moral conviction.

“A Deeper Place in Themselves”

Spring 1994 | Criticism

This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer. By Kay Mills. Dutton.$24.00. A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story. By Elaine Brown. Pantheon. $25.00. To understand Fannie Lou Hamer and Elaine Brown, one has to go back to the road leadi [...]