The Race Beat

The Race Beat

The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of A Nation

Book - 2006
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This is the story of how America awakened to its race problem, of how a nation that longed for unity after World War II came instead to see, hear, and learn about the shocking indignities and injustices of racial segregation in the South--and the brutality used to enforce it. It is the story of how the nation's press, after decades of ignoring the problem, came to recognize the importance of the civil rights struggle and turn it into the most significant domestic news event of the twentieth century. Drawing on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews, veteran journalists Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff go behind the headlines and datelines to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen--first black reporters, then liberal southern editors, then reporters and photographers from the national press and the broadcast media--revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings and propelled its citizens to act.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679403814
Characteristics: viii, 518 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Klibanoff, Hank


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May 05, 2011

This is one of the best nonfiction
books I've read! It was truly a shining moment for the mainstream press. Everyone
interested in the civil rights
movement and our national
media needs to read this
masterful book.

Dec 06, 2007

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer prize for history.


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