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Newspaper Wars: Civil Rights and White Resistance in South Carolina, 1935-1965

Sid Bedingfield


This study examines the role of the black and white press in the cultural and political struggle over civil rights in South Carolina in the mid-twentieth century. In the 1930s, when black newspapers in the Deep South were mostly cautious and conservative, John McCray and his allies at South Carolina’s Lighthouse and Informer challenged their readers to “rebel and fight” for their rights – to reject the “slavery of thought and action” that created “uncle Toms and aunt Jemimas” and become “progressive fighters for the emancipation of the race.” As black activism spread, journalists at the state’ ... More

Keywords: African American history, journalism history, civil rights, black press, political journalism, media history, southern politics, South Carolina history, partisan journalism, advocacy journalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041228
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sid Bedingfield, author
University of Minnesota