Full Name: Carolyn Scanlon McLendon
Birthdate: July 15, 1931
Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi.
Genre: Segregation in the Deep South
- Graduated from Mississippi State College for Women with a bachelor’s degree in Education; taught one year and changed to news reporting, her first love; all this is in her biography.
Notable Characters Created
+ Harry Bearden
Newspaper editor, considers his job with the newspaper as a means of helping ensure racial equality, but he faces two difficulties: Southern mores, and his wife’s brother, a U.S. Senator who uses his position and power to elect as governor a man the editor considers politically dangerous. The editor’s editorials and news stories result in a death threat against him, a nighttime attack on his home by a group of white men, the killing of his father, and discord with his wife.
+ Joshua Arnold
U.S. Senator, Bearden’s wife’s brother, is a power in the Senate and in Mississippi. State officials follow his suggestions.