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The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nationby Gene Roberts
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An unprecedented examination of how news stories, editorials and photographs in the American press—and the journalists responsible for them—profoundly changed the nation’s thinking about civil rights in the South during the 1950s and ‘60s.
Roberts and Klibanoff draw on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen—black and white—revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings that compelled its citizens to act. Meticulously researched and vividly rendered, The Race Beat is an extraordinary account of one of the most calamitous periods in our nation’s history, as told by those who covered it.
Analyzes how the news stories, editorials, and photographs in the American press--as well as the journalists responsible for them--helped transform the nation's attitude toward civil rights in the South during the 1950s and 1960s.
Gene Roberts is a journalism professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a reporter with the Goldsboro News-Argus and The Virginian-Pilot, and a reporter and editor with The News & Observer and the Detroit Fre
About the Author
Gene Roberts is a journalism professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a reporter with the Goldsboro News-Argus and The Virginian-Pilot, and a reporter and editor with The News & Observer and the Detroit Free Press before joining The New York Times in 1965, where until 1972 he served as chief southern and civil rights correspondent, chief war correspondent in South Vietnam, and national editor. During his eighteen years as executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, his staff won seventeen Pulitzer Prizes. He later became the managing editor of the The New York Times.
A native of Alabama, Hank Klibanoff is the managing editor for news at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is a former metro reporter, national correspondent based in Chicago, business editor, and deputy managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for twenty years. He was also a reporter for three years at The Boston Globe and six years in Mississippi for The Daily Herald, the South Mississippi Sun (now the Sun Herald) and the Delta Democrat-Times.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
An American dilemma: "an astonishing ignorance..." — "A fighting press" — Southern editors in a time of ferment — Ashmore views the South — The Brown decisions harden the South — Into Mississippi — The Till trial — Where massive and passive resistance meet — Alabama — Toward Little Rock — Little Rock showdown — New eyes on the Old South — Backfire in Virginia — From sit-ins to SNCC — Alabama versus The Times, Freedom Riders versus the South — Albany — Ole Miss — Wallace and King — Defiance at close range — The killing season — Freedom summer — Selma — Beyond.
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