Books By Stetson Kennedy
& Works in Progress
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Stetson Kennedy's first book, Palmetto Country, appeared in 1942 as a volume in the American Folkways Series edited by Erskine Caldwell. Of it, folklorist Alan Lomax has said,
"I very much doubt that a better book about Florida folklife will ever be written."
To which Stetson's self-described "stud buddy" Woody Guthrie added,
"gives me a better trip and taste and look and feel for Florida than I got in the forty-seven states I've actually been in body and tramped in boot."
In addition, Stetson Kennedy wrote books on racism including:
Southern Exposure (1946)
I Rode With the Klu Klux Klan (1954)
"I Rode Witth the Ku Klux Klan" was later renamed to The Klan Unmasked - and
Jim Crow Guide to the U.S.A. (1959)
Kennedy co-wrote the book
South Florida Folkife (1994)
with Tina Bucuvalas and Peggy A. Bugler. Kennedy's contributions deal primarily with Key West.
Kennedy's latest book,
After Appomattox: How the South Won the War (1995)
explains how the old south converted military defeat into political and social victory in the U.S.A.
Kennedy was also featured in the chapter titled, ''Whistle Blowers'' of the book
Coming of Age (1995)
by Studs Terkel.
During the 1950s, Kennedy's books, considered too incendiary to be published in the USA, were published in France by the existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartreand subsequently translated into other languages.