The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
It is the story of how the nation’s press, after decades of ignoring the problem, came to recognize ...more
The genius of Jim Crow (and key to its longevity) was its ability to operate undetected. Many of the defenders of the fortress segregation of the South lent support without ever knowing the true shape of the institution. Most Southerners were like people with their noses pushed up to the edge of an iceberg. From their vantage point, they had no way of knowing the hulk's true size and shape. ...more
The writing was easy to read, elegant, but nothing extraordinary. It was the content that hooked me. The stories within the larger story were fascinating.
Just a ...more
But for personal edification while driving, cooking, or exercising, this audiobook is first-rate. However, vivid descriptions of beatings and other assorted violent mayhem are wince-inducing, which might draw odd looks from the person on the ...more
As the title suggests, this provides a history of the civil rights movement through the lens of the news coverage of it--primarily newspaper and, to a lesser degree, television and the wire services.
I read it mainly for the information on the media and especially because one of my J-school profs was Bill Emerson, who was the Atlanta bureau chief for Newsweek during the early days of the coverage. He does get a handful of mentions, though his favorite "war story" doesn't show up. As the book mak...more
The book starts with the publication of Gunnar Myrdal's "An American Dilemma." Myrdal saw the importance of the press in making any change in race relations possible Before anyone outside the American South could protest s ...more
It examined the role of the larger black newspapers, such as the Chicago Defender, Baltimore Afro-American, and the Pittsburgh Courier, and the black press in general, as well as a focusing on a number of more moderate to liberal mainstream newspapers in Little Rock, Atlanta, and elsewhere. (It also highlighted the most pro-segregation papers, like the Richmond News-Leader and both Jackson, Mississippi, papers.) It also very brie ...more
It exposes the insolence, cruelty and insular nature of this part of the country up until the mid-60s. Some would argue little has changed. Maybe so. But my faith in humanity says much has changed, and part of what moved this region from lynchings to some sense of Lincoln, was opening the place up and telling the stories. And it was reporters – black and white – who did it, and often at gre ...more
Beyond this front-line artistry, Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff delve into the newsrooms and editor's suites where decisions on what and how to p ...more
I encountered this books while working at the bookstore. A local newspaper editor special ordered a copy and I was reading wh ...more
While told in a straightforward "history book" style, there are nevertheless harrowing scenes that make you keep turning the pages ...more