Preston King and Alice Randall: A Joint Presentation

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Preston King and Alice Randall: A Joint Presentation


Alice Randall: The Wind Done Gone': Conception, Publication, Reception

Preston King: The Political Philosophy of 'Gone with the Wind

When publication of Alice Randall's book, The Wind Done Gone that tells the human story of the slaves in Margeret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, was blocked in the courts by lawsuits brought by the estate of Margaret Mitchell, Randall claimed that her work was protected by the First Amendment.  Her right to publish the work was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Interview with Alice Randall (, The Alice Randall Writing Center, Alice Randall on CNN, Preston King's website, Article on Preston King's Presidental Pardon (The New Crisis, Sept/Oct. 2000)Black Issues in Higher Education article on Dr. King

About the Speakers:

Preston King is a political philosopher with research interests in comparataive politics and develpment politics. He was educated at Fisk University, the London School of Economics, and the Universities of Vienna, Strasbourg, and Paris. He has held chairs in Nairobi and Sydney; visiting appointments at the London School of Economics, McGill University and Bellagio, and teaching positions in Cameroon, Fiji, Tanzania, New Zealand, and Uganda. His published works span forty years and include "The Ideology of Order," "Thinking Past a Problem," "Toleration," and the often referenced "Federalism and Federation."

Alice Randall, author of "The Wind Done Gone", was born in Detroit and graduated from Harvard in 1981. After a start as a journalist in Washington, D.C., she moved to Nashville to become a country songwriter. The only African-American woman ever to write a number-one country song, she has had more than twenty songs recorded. She is also a screenwriter and has worked on adaptations of "Their Eyes Were Watching God," "Parting the Waters," and "Brer Rabbit." She was awarded the Free Spirit Award in 2001 and the Literature Award of Excellence by the Memphis Black Writers Conference in 2002, and she was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in 2002. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Dr. King's and Ms. Randall's visit is made possible through the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences, Ethnic Studies Program, Office of the Provost Case Western Reserve University and Fisk University in Partnership, Presidential Advisory Committee on Minorities, Flora Stone Mather Alumni Association, Inamori International, Center for Ethics and Excellence, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, School of Law, Multicultural Affairs Office, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, College Scholars Program, The Hallinan Project, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, Professor John Orlock,  Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities, Kelvin Smith Library.


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