Anne Braden – Researching a KY Hero

March 26, 2013 in 1960s-1970s

Anne Braden is arguably one of the most famous women in Kentucky history. She is known for her activism, which included involvement in the Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice, her work for the newspaper The Southern Patriot, and her efforts to integrate hospitals. However, Anne’s most notable effort is what’s known as the Wade case. In 1954, Anne and her husband bough a house for a black family, the Wades, because no one would sell them a house. This caused tremendous controversy in Louisville, which led to the bombing of the Wade’s home. Anne and her husband Carl were charged with sedition. Still, they continued to overcome boundaries and challenge racism in the south.

Anne Braden

One of the great things about researching a well known figure such as Anne Braden is that there are endless resources to gather information from. However, this is also one of the negative aspects of researching a well known figure as well. There is so much information available that condensing it becomes problematic. The real challenge is putting the information in a format that is concise, accurate, and easy to read and learn from. There are so many historians who are knowledgable about Anne Braden’s history, so it can be a little intimidating because we have to make sure all the information is absolutely 100% correct.

Some of the resources we are finding very helpful are the documentary Southern Patriot, Catherine Fosl’s book Subversive Southerner, and the Anne Braden Institute. The documentary Southern Patriot has been especially helpful because it organizes the timeline of Anne’s life in a useful way and is very fascinating to watch, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about her life.




“Anne Braden.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 Apr. 2013. 04 Mar. 2013.

Fosl, Catherine. Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. Print.

“KET | Living the Story | The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky.” Glossary, Anne and Carl Braden. Web. 3 February 2013.

1 response to Anne Braden – Researching a KY Hero

  1. I’m very excited to be working on this project with you, and I have quite enjoyed digging into Braden’s life and her passion. I love how Anne Braden continually fought for what she believed – until her final days.

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