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Journalism and Jim Crow – White Supremacy and the Black Struggle for a New America - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Journalism and Jim Crow: White Supremacy and the Black Struggle for a New America

Kathy Roberts Forde and Sid Bedingfield


After Reconstruction, white publishers and editors used their newspapers to build, nurture, and protect white supremacist political economies and social orders across the South that lasted for generations. Black journalists fought these regimes as they were being built. The stakes could not have been higher: The future of liberal democracy in the newly restored United States was on the line. Journalism & Jim Crow is the first extended work to examine the foundational role of the press at this critical turning point in U.S. history. It documents the struggle between two different journalisms—a ... More

Keywords: Journalism, Jim Crow, democracy, post-Reconstruction, race, Black press, white supremacy, New South, political economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252044106
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252044106.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathy Roberts Forde, editor
University of Massachusetts

Sid Bedingfield, editor
University of Minnesota

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Introduction Journalism and the World It Built

Sid Bedingfield and Kathy Roberts Forde

Part One The Contested New South

Part Two Racial Terror and Disenfranchisement

Chapter 3 The Press and Lynching

W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Chapter 4 Mississippi Plan

Robert Greene II

Part Three Building the Solid South

Chapter 9 Tourist Empires, Florida

Kathy Roberts Forde and Bryan Bowman

Part Four Measuring the Cost


Kathy Roberts Forde and Sid Bedingfield