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Race and Reason was made part of the high school curricula in Mississippi and Virginia, and Governor Ross Barnett of Mississippi declared October 26, 1961, “Race and Reason Day.” This New Century Books edition includes a preface by Jared Taylor.
Race and Reason was widely praised when it first appeared:
One of the most important books of this generation.
— American Bar Association Journal
Incisive, authoritative, effective … Mr. Putnam has put all serious and objective students of the race problem in his debt.
— Richmond Times-Dispatch
Race and Reason is a masterstroke … I believe it is the most important single document yet published on the question.
— Editor, Farmville Herald
Sane and thoughtful … Without doubt an important and significant contribution to this vexing subject.
— Manchester News
A blockbuster in print … Here is a book that ought to be read by every thinking American, North and South.
— Kingsport Times-News
A real contribution to the history of our times … a scholarly effort to put the issue of race inside the framework of American traditions and world history.
— Charleston News and Courier
I urge thoughtful citizens to read Putnam’s analysis and, in keeping with constitutional principles of freedom of speech and press, to provoke public debate between the unpopular ideas he presents and those currently popular.
— William Shockley, Nobel Laureate
No one did more to combat the racial folly of the 1960s than Carlton Putnam. Although he has been written out of the history books, history has nevertheless proven him right on all counts.
— Jared Taylor