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    Book Discussion on Righteous Warrior

    William Link talked about his book, Righteous Warrior: Jesse Helms and the Rise of Modern Conservatism, published by St. Martin’s Press. His book recounts the political life of former Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC). Mr. Link relays that prior to his election to office in 1973, Jesse Helms was an opponent of the civil rights movement as well as a critic of the leftist politics of the day. During his tenure in the Senate, then Senator Helms was a leader of the conservative movement for nearly three decades. Following his remarks Mr. Link responded to questions from the audience.

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    Book Discussion on Keep Singing

    Patsy Clarke and Eloise Vaughn talked about their book Keep Singing: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and Their Fight Against Jesse Helms, published by Alyson Publications. Patsy Clarke and Eloise Vaughn both lost a son to AIDS. Ms. Clarke had written a letter asking Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) to change his opposition to AIDS research. When the senator’s reply did not seem to be sympathetic to their situation, the two women formed Mothers Against Jesse in Congress (MAJIC) to oppose his 1996 re-election to congress. Their group gained national attention. Allan Gurganus, who wrote the forward to the book, introduced the authors and Nicole Brodeur, who assisted with the book, also spoke. Other mothers in their group were introduced at this event. Following their remarks, the authors answered questions from members of the audience.
    Allan Gurganus is the author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, published by Vintage.