Item description for The Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement by R. Davies David...
The fervent opinions and historic decisions of editorial writers in tumultuous times
For southern newspapers and southern readers, the social upheaval in the years following Brown v. Board of Education (1954) was, as Time put it in 1956, "the region's biggest running story since slavery." The southern press struggled with the region's accommodation of the school desegregation ruling and with black America's demand for civil rights.
The nine essays in The Press and Race illuminate the broad array of print journalists' responses to the civil rights movement in Mississippi, a state that was one of the nation's major civil rights battlegrounds. Three of the journalists covered won Pulitzer prizes for their work and one was the first woman editorial writer to earn that coveted prize.
The journalists and editors covered are Hodding Carter, Jr. (Greenville Delta Democrat-Times), J. Oliver Emmerich (McComb Enterprise-Journal), Percy Greene (Jackson Advoc
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.06 lbs.
Release Date Apr 25, 2001
Publisher University Press of Mississippi
ISBN 1934110523 ISBN13 9781934110522
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How some Southern editors handled desegregation in the 60s. Jul 20, 2001
These nine essays take a close look at how various editors in Mississippi and the South covered the desegregation crisis of the 60s. The courage displayed by them in reporting the news accurately when the majority of their neighbors and customers felt the opposite way makes for very interesting reading. One is struck by the bravery of these editors in sticking to their sense of fair play, justice and accuracy. They played an important, and little known, role in how desegregation was finally accomplished. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand the South and the events of the 60s there.