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Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers (Caravan Book) Hardcover – November 19, 2007
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A persuasive and fresh perspective on southern and North Carolina politics. . . . Well organized and crisply written... the most important book on Sam Ervin.--North Carolina Historical Review
Striking detail. . . . A vivid and telling narrative. . . . We should be thankful that Campbell has forcefully introduced a long-neglected figure into the historiography of regional and national politics.--Journal of Southern History
In a biography of Ervin . . . Karl Campbell wrestles with [many] questions as he charts Ervin's life from his birth in Morganton to its climax in 1973-74 when he became America's folk hero as chair of the Senate Watergate hearings. . . . Campbell's compact description of Ervin's pre-Senate life is interesting and entertaining.--Chapel Hill News
Campbell succeeds splendidly in threading the historical needle. . . . A sophisticated, clear-eyed and evenhanded biography . . . that is likely to stand the test of time as the best work on one of North Carolina's most famous sons. . . . Adds immeasurably to our understanding of the state and its politics.--The News and Observer
Campbell's gripping biography of Ervin uncovers the road to Watergate from his Senate appointment in 1954 and explains how this Bible-quoting country lawyer from North Carolina became the leading defender of civil liberties in the Senate.--Our State
The book is an evenhanded look at 'a man full of paradoxes.' --Carolina Alumni Review
Contributes to the growing scholarship on the southern white response to the civil rights era. . . . [An] excellent study.--Journal of American History
Campbell covers . . . Ervin's career admirably.--Metrobooks
A welcome addition to the understanding of Ervin's southern mind. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice
Will interest those who follow southern political history.--Georgia Historical Quarterly
Karl E. Campbell . . . has written a biography about the late Ervin so that a new generation of people can be introduced to 'Senator Sam.' --Appalachian State University News
This is a masterful political biography. Karl E. Campbell's beautifully written biography of Senator Sam Ervin is a first-rate achievement. Campbell persuasively shows how Ervin's experiences in North Carolina shaped his Senate career as an opponent of civil rights as well as a supporter of civil liberties.--Merle Black, co-author of Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics
Few U.S. Senators ever achieve the fame of North Carolina's Sam Ervin, whose punishing inquiry into the perfidies of the Nixon Administration brought down a President. Ervin became a hero to millions, but as Karl Campbell demonstrates in this carefully crafted, illuminating biography, Ervin was not the progressive saint of 1970s legend. There were few leaders better on civil liberties, few worse on civil rights. Campbell gives us both sides of Ervin, and his even-handed treatment enables us to reach our own judgment on this brilliant, complicated man.--Larry J. Sabato, director, Center for Politics, University of Virginia, author of A More Perfect Constitution
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At the same time, the book is very well written and will delight both a student of NC history and any dedicated reader (are not all readers dedicated?). While personal opinions of Sen. Ervin may vary, the picture which emerges from the book is a clear and sharply drawn portrait of a honest man dedicated to long-gone ideals, a slightly bigoted reactionary with excellent manners and a great dose of personal charm, and moderate scholarly resources. In other words, a perfect Southern gentleman of the old school.
I do have a slight doubt if Sam Ervin would actually feel very comfortably in the company of Jefferson, Madison and Franklin. He most certainly would gain their understanding and perhaps some tolerance and by a sligt stretch of imagination could easily be counted among the founding fathers.
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