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Dierdre Parker Smith:

(The Salisbury Post, April 27)

Ed Williams, editorial page editor of The Charlotte Observer for 25 years, has done readers the great favor of collecting some of his best editorials and columns spanning decades of his working life, which began in Mississippi in 1967. He wound up at the Charlotte...

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Linda C. Brinson:

Greensboro News Record, June 8, 2014

When Ed Williams entered college at Ole Miss in 1960, the university, like nearly everything in the South, operated under a rigid system of racial segregation. When Williams was a sophomore in 1962, a riot sparked by the admission of James Meredith as the...

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Hodding Carter:


Ed Williams is a longtime newspaperman who never lost the passion that brought him into the craft. Passionate about the explicit and implicit promises of the American creed and no less passionate about the need to confront its false prophets and and bigoted betrayers, Ed never backed away from a...

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Tom Hanchett:


Witty — and wise. An easy, relaxed voice — with a firm moral vision.  Ed Williams’ writings over a lifetime as a newspaperman in Carolina and Mississippi pull us anew into the history-making moments and on-going debates that have shaped who we are as Southerners and as Americans.

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William Ferris:


Liberating Dixie is a wonderful blend of courage and humor. From his first work as a journalist with Hodding Carter’s Delta Democrat Times in Greenville, Mississippi, to his many years at The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina, Ed Williams has used the power of the pen to craft his distinguished...

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Curtis Wilkie:


Ed Williams’ commentary has sparkled over the years with rare mixtures of wisdom and humor, elegance and irreverence, patriotism and skepticism, courage and tolerance. In Liberating Dixie these characteristics are writ large. It’s a valuable collection because, God knows, we need all the liberation...

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