The Race Beat by GENE ROBERTS
The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation (Vintage)

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Roberts and Klibanoff draw on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen—black and white—revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings that compelled its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

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Roberts has a long and distinguished career as reporter and editor. He wasexecutive editor of the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has won 17 Pulizer Prizes. He now teaches in the College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Kunkel, a journalist by training, is now a professional author and Director of the Project on the State of the American Newspaper.
Published June 17, 2008 by Vintage. 544 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, War. Non-fiction

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After ignoring the story for years, the news media came to play a major role in the struggle for civil rights.

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