By Julian M. Pleasants
When W. Kerr Scott (1896--1958) all started his crusade for the North Carolina gubernatorial seat in 1948, his rivals derided his candidacy as a farce. although, the plainspoken dairy farmer fast accumulated unswerving supporters and mobilized a grassroots assault at the entrenched pursuits that had lengthy managed the country govt, profitable the race in a old upset.
In this meticulously researched e-book, Julian M. Pleasants lines Scott's effective and arguable political profession, from his years as North Carolina commissioner of agriculture, via his governorship (1949--1953), to his short tenure as a U.S. senator (1954--1958). Scott was once elected at a time while southern liberals have been at the upward thrust in post--World warfare II the US. McCarthyism and civil rights agitation quickly beaten progressivism, however the development lasted lengthy sufficient for the straight-talking "Squire from Haw River" to enact significant reforms and determine a name as one of many extra fascinating and influential southern politicians of the 20 th century.
Scott brought groundbreaking laws that put the Tar Heel country on the leading edge of the southern financial system, bettering roads, colleges, and clinical amenities whereas widening entry to electrical and speak to provider. Scott was once additionally fairly socially innovative and made major appointments of ladies, African americans, and liberals to positions of impact and tool. This long-overdue examine his political profession illuminates the spirit that remodeled an introspective, segregated society depending on tobacco and textiles right into a shiny, diverse economic climate on the middle of the economic, banking, and data revolution within the South.