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Burning Crosses and Activist Journalism: Hazel Brannon Smith and the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

Burning Crosses and Activist Journalism: Hazel Brannon Smith and the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement (Paperback)

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Burning Crosses and Activist Journalism: Hazel Brannon Smith and the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement celebrates the contributions of the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing (1964). Owner and publisher of four weekly newspapers in Mississippi, Smith began her journalism career as a states rights Dixiecrat and segregationist, but became an icon for progressive thought on racial and ethnic issues. Though befriended by editors such as Hodding Carter Jr. and Ira B. Harkey Jr., Smith was a target of the White Citizens' Council and was boycotted by advertisers. During the civil rights movement, a cross was burned in her yard and one of her newspaper offices was firebombed. Before her death in 1994, she endured foreclosure, memory loss, and public humiliation, but she never lost faith in journalism or in the power of informed debate.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesInterdisciplinary studiesCommunication studies Publisher: University Press of America Publication Date: 10/11/2009 ISBN-13: 9780761849551  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jan Whitt is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. An award-winning author who has written more than seventy articles and book chapters, she also has written several books: Allegory and the Modern Southern Novel (Mercer University Press, 1994), Settling the Borderland: Other Voices in Literary Journalism (University Press of America 2008), and Women in American Journalism: A New History (University of Illinois Press, 2008). She edited Reflections in a Critical Eye: Essays on Carson McCullers (University Press of America, 2007).

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