Jesse Helms biographer to be Moore Humanities Lecturer

February 26, 2009 | Leave a Comment

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Buies Creek, N.C. - Dr. William A. Link's new book, "Jesse Helms and the Modern Conservative Revolution," has already captured the attention of major media outlets, including C-Span. Currently, he is set to appear at Campbell University as the 2009 Anne T. Moore Humanities lecturer on Tuesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in Lynch Auditorium of the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business. Admission is free and open to the public.

Link's portrait of Senator Jesse Helms, one of the most commanding American politicians of the 20th century, has been called a "magisterial" view of a man who knew how to harness power to affect change in his roles as newspaperman, radio commentator, magazine editor and senator.

In the 1960s, Helms battled the Civil Rights movement, campus radicalism and the sexual revolution. He was an advocate for racial desegregation and used the issue to solidify the conservative base. Helms also created one of the country's most powerful conservative organizations, the Congressional Club, which raised millions of dollars for the movement and operated a highly successful political machine. At the center of it all was Helms, the man who pushed conservative causes and amassed more power than almost any other senator in history.

William A. Link is the Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida. He is the author of several other books, including "A Hard County and a Lonely Place: Schooling, Society, and Reform in Rural Virginia," "The Paradox of Southern Progressivism 1880-1920," and the soon to be published "North Carolina: Change and Tradition in a Southern State."

Photo Copy: Dr. William A. Link, author of new biography on Senator Jesse Helms