About the Author
Frye Gaillard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama, has written extensively on southern race relations, politics and culture. He is former Southern Editor at The Charlotte Observer, where he covered Charlotte’s landmark school desegregation controversy, the ill-fated ministry of televangelist Jim Bakker, the funeral of Elvis Presley, and the presidency of Jimmy Carter. Gaillard has written or edited more than twenty-five books, and his award-winning titles include the following: Go South to Freedom, Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America; The Dream Long Deferred: The Landmark Struggle for Desegregation in Charlotte, North Carolina; Watermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country Music; If I Were a Carpenter: Twenty Years of Habitat for Humanity; Prophet from Plains: Jimmy Carter and His Legacy; and As Long As the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East. Gaillard now lives on the Alabama Gulf Coast with his wife, Nancy, who teaches in the College of Education at the University of South Alabama. Gaillard's by-line has appeared in such publications as The Washington Post, The Oxford American, and the Journal of American History. He has also co-written songs recorded by Nashville artists Anne E. DeChant, Davis Raines, Pamela Jackson, Kathryn Scheldt, and George Hamilton IV.
For some years now, Frye Gaillard has examined a changing South in its large and in its small parts…. His reporting has taken on the nature of a narrative as rich and textured as the region itself.”
– Bill Kovach, former editor of The Atlanta Constitution and Curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.