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Guide to the W. H. Amerine Papers, 1956, 1960 and undated

Summary

Collection comprises five brief essays Amerine wrote to attack advances in Civil Rights made during the 1950s, noting that members of the white race were becoming second-class citizens because of the legislative work of the federal government and the Supreme Court, along with 3 letters supporting his writing. Other topics include Christianity, Communism, and foreign aid. There are two versions of "An Essay on Crackpotism." The majority of the essays feature manuscript corrections made in ink. There are also three letters written to Amerine, dated 1960 and written by local officials who endorsed his manuscript, THE FORCES OF DARKNESS, including Judge Walter P. Jones of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Alabama; MacDonald Gallion, State Attorney General; and George Platt Waller, a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer. Copies of these three letters have been attached the longer version of "An Essay on Crackpotism." One essay has a mailing envelope attached. Several of the items have been stamped with messages such as "Remember Little Rock," or "Warning! This book should be left to our posterity. Thousands of children are even now being led astray. The Reds are back of it."

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11168
Title
W. H. Amerine papers
Date
1956,1960 and undated
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 13 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises five brief essays Amerine wrote to attack advances in Civil Rights made during the 1950s, noting that members of the white race were becoming second-class citizens because of the legislative work of the federal government and the Supreme Court, along with 3 letters supporting his writing. Other topics include Christianity, Communism, and foreign aid. There are two versions of "An Essay on Crackpotism." The majority of the essays feature manuscript corrections made in ink. There are also three letters written to Amerine, dated 1960 and written by local officials who endorsed his manuscript, THE FORCES OF DARKNESS, including Judge Walter P. Jones of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Alabama; MacDonald Gallion, State Attorney General; and George Platt Waller, a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer. Copies of these three letters have been attached the longer version of "An Essay on Crackpotism." One essay has a mailing envelope attached. Several of the items have been stamped with messages such as "Remember Little Rock," or "Warning! This book should be left to our posterity. Thousands of children are even now being led astray. The Reds are back of it."

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], W. H. Amerine Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Papers
Folder 1
 

Historical Note

Biographical / Historical

William Henry Amerine was born to Miles H. and Cynthia S. Lee Amerine in 1879. He resided in Montgomery, Alabama; became a newspaper reporter; traveled to Europe to work with the Red Cross; and wrote "Alabama's Own in France," war stories of the 167th U.S. Infantry in World War I. His latter writings opposed Civil Rights and Communism. Amerine was married to Marjorie W. Amerine.


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Provenance

The W. H. Amerine Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, March 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0038.