Direct Line w/Lee Annis

We are joining us this week on Direct Line is Lee Annis, Author of "Big Jim Eastland: The Godfather of Mississippi " -For decades after the Second World War, Senator James O. Eastland (1904–1986) was one of the more intransigent leaders of the Deep South's resistance to what he called “the Second Reconstruction.” And yet he developed, late in his life, a very real friendship with state NAACP chair Aaron Henry. Big Jim Eastland provides the life story of this savvy, unpredictable powerhouse.

From 1947 to 1978, Eastland wore that image of resistance proudly, even while recognizing from the beginning his was the losing side. Biographer J. Lee Annis Jr. chronicles such complexities extensively and also delves into many facets lesser known to the general public.

Watch Interview LIVE Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 7:30 PM EDT