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Kenneth and John B. Rayner and the Limits of Southern Discontent


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Kenneth and John B. Rayner and the Limits of Southern Discontent


In this fascinating story of two nineteenth-century southern political mavericks, Gregg Cantrell details their fate as dissenters, telling a human story at once heroic and shameful, hopeful and tragic. The two mavericks were the slaveholding congressman and planter Kenneth Rayner of North Carolina and his illegitimate mulatto son, John B. Rayner of Texas.