By Susan M. Weill
Mississippi is a distinct case research because of its long-standing defiance of federal civil rights laws and the truth that approximately part its inhabitants was once black and relegated to second-class citizenship. in line with the majority of Mississippi day-by-day press editorials tested among 1948 and 1968, the concept that blacks and whites have been equivalent as races of individuals used to be an idea that remained unacceptable and not possible. whereas the day-by-day press definitely didn't suggest desegregation, unlike what many media critics have suggested concerning the Southern press selling violence to suppress civil rights task, Mississippi day-by-day newspapers by no means inspired or condoned violence through the time classes lower than evaluate. Weill locations assurance of those very important occasions inside a ancient context, laying off new mild on media opinion within the kingdom so much proof against the precepts of the civil rights movement.
This is the 1st complete exam of civil rights assurance and white supremacist rhetoric within the Mississippi day-by-day press in the course of 5 key occasions: the 1948 Dixiecrat protest of the nationwide Democratic platform; the Brown v. Board of Education preferrred court docket choice to desegregate public colleges in 1954; the court-ordered desegregation of Ole pass over in 1962; Freedom summer season in 1964; and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968. From approximately 5,000 problems with Mississippi day-by-day newspapers, greater than 1,000 editorials and 7,000 information articles are documented during this volume.
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In a Madhouse's Din: Civil Rights Coverage by Mississippi's Daily Press, 1948-1968 by Susan M. Weill