Douglas Freeman and the Southern Intellectual Community

This program examines the life and career of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Southall Freeman within the context of the southern intellectual community of the early twentieth century. Freeman’s work as editor of the Richmond News-Leader from 1915 to1949, and his widely acclaimed works on Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia, placed him at the forefront of the so-called Southern Renaissance of the 1930s and 1940s. As a leading member of that small but influential community of southern intellectuals who served as a bridge between their region and the rest of the nation, Freeman and his work help to illustrate many of the major themes of recent history.