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The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation


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ISBN13: 9780679735656
ISBN10: 0679735658
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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 nations 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Roberts and Klibanoff draw on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen—black and white—revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings that compelled its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 nations history, as told by those who covered it.



About the Author

Gene Roberts is a retired journalism professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a reporter and editor with the Detroit Free Press, The Raleigh, N.C., News & Observer, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and The Goldsboro News-Argus 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 18 years as executive editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, his staff won 17 Pulitzer Prizes. He later became managing editor of the Times.A native of Alabama, Hank Klibanoff is the Managing editor/news at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the former Deputy Managing Editor for ThePhiladelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 20 years. He was also a reporter for three years at the Boston Globe and six years in Mississippi for The Daily Herald, South Mississippi Sun (now the Sun-Herald) and the Greenville Delta Democrat Times.

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Mary Rose, September 7, 2011 (view all comments by Mary Rose)
Pretty gripping, good historical overview of major events in the Civil Rights movement, from 1950s on. Important to note: it's about the press, both Black and white press, during this time, so its perspective is not from "inside" the movement. Also, it's mostly about the white press - over the course of the movement, black reporters were denied access to these big stories more and more, and through more and more violent means. Still, I find it unfortunate that the authors begin by stressing the importance of the Black press and introducing many of the important Black-owned and -run newspapers around the South, but then give less and less insight into what these papers and their reporters were covering, as the authors focus more and more on the biggest stories to hit the North. Nonetheless, it's a fascinating read - I didn't expect to get more than halfway through it, but I can't put it down.
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Roberts, Gene
Vintage Books USA
Eugene L. Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
Klibanoff, Hank
United States - 20th Century
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Media Studies
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
African Americans - Civil rights - History -
African Americans - Press coverage -
US History - 20th Century
history;civil rights;journalism;non-fiction;race;african americans;american history;african american
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