© 2019 by Margaret Edds

Free at Last

Free at Last: What Really Happened When Civil Rights Came to Southern Politics (Adler & Adler, 1987) grew out of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship year. During it, Margaret traveled the South, talking to people about how life had changed—or not—since passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. She found that the political fortunes of blacks in cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham had improved dramatically, but in many settings, glaring inequities remained.  

A highly skillful, affecting piece of social reportage . . .

both hopeful and sobering.   

- Author Richard Kluger