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(October 5, 1916- ) Born in Jacksonville, Florida. Studied at University of Florida (where he published column "News in the Nude" in Florida Alligator), the New School for Social Research, and the Sorbonne. From 1935 to 1942 worked as state director of folklore, oral history, and ethnic studies for Florida Federal Writers Project; served on staff of The Florida Guide (1941). During World War II was based in Atlanta as editorial director of CIO political action committee; wrote column "Inside Out," syndicated in AFL/CIO newspapers (1945-48). Was research director, also in Atlanta, for Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith (1946-49); conducted 1946 undercover investigation of Ku Klux Klan for Georgia Bureau of Investigation, later publishing exposés Southern Exposure (1946) and I Rode with the Ku Klux Klan (1954, reissued in 1990 as The Klan Unmasked). Traveled widely overseas from 1952 to 1960, spending three years in Communist countries; published reports in Pittsburgh Courier. Edited Florida edition of Pittsburgh Courier, 1960-62; later wrote Courier column "Up Front Down South" under pseudonym "Daddy Mention." Was federal projects and development officer, Florida Memorial College, St. Augustine (1963-65); deputy director of Jacksonville Neighborhood Youth Corps (1965-67); and director of planning, training, and evaluation for Greater Jacksonville Economic Opportunity, Inc. Currently working on autobiography Dissident-at-Large. His other books include Palmetto County (1942), Jim Crow Guide to the U.S.A. (1959) and After Appomattox: How the South Won the War (1994).

Also see Stetson Kennedy's website. It contains a bibligraphy, a multimedia gallery, an image gallery, links to news and articles by and about Stetson Kennedy, and more.