1996: Pete Earley & Dan T. Carter
Circumstantial Evidence / The Politics of Rage
1996: Pete Earley & Dan T. Carter

The 1996 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award was presented to Pete Earley for Circumstantial Evidence and Dan T. Carter for The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, the Origins of the New Conservatism, and the Transformation of American Politics

In The Politics of Rage, historian Dan Carter argues that Alabama Governor George Wallace’s segregationist politics, far from being a regional and historical anomaly, foreshadowed the virulent strand of American conservatism that came to prominence in the late 1980s, while Pete Earley’s Circumstantial Evidence draws upon exhaustive reporting and a suspenseful narrative to explore a young lawyer’s determination to free a death row inmate wrongfully accused of murder.