Race News: Black Journalists and the Fight for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century

Race News: Black Journalists and the Fight for Racial Justice in the Twentieth Century

by Fred Carroll

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Once distinct, the commercial and alternative black press began to crossover with one another in the 1920s. The porous press culture that emerged shifted the political and economic motivations shaping African American journalism. It also sparked disputes over radical politics that altered news coverage of some of the most momentous events in African American history. Starting in the 1920s, Fred Carroll traces how mainstream journalists incorporated coverage of the alternative press's supposedly marginal politics of anti-colonialism, anti-capitalism, and black separatism into their publications. He follows the narrative into the 1950s, when an alternative press re-emerged as commercial publishers curbed progressive journalism in the face of Cold War repression. Yet, as Carroll shows, journalists achieved significant editorial independence, and continued to do so as national newspapers modernized into the 1960s. Alternative writers' politics seeped into commercial papers via journalists who wrote for both presses and through professional friendships that ignored political boundaries. Compelling and incisive, Race News reports the dramatic history of how black press culture evolved in the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252050091
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 11/06/2017
Series: History of Communication
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Fred Carroll is a lecturer at Kennesaw State University.

Table of Contents

Cover Title Copyright Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: Political Pressures and Black Newswriting 1. “Negro Subversion”: Solidifying a Militant Press 2. Enter the “New Crowd” Journalists 3. Popular Fronts and Modern Presses 4. The “New Crowd” Goes Global 5. “Questionable Leanings”: The “New Crowd” Driven Out 6. Black Power Assaults the Black Newspaper 7. Into the White Newsroom Epilogue: A Crusade into the Digital Age Notes Bibliography Index

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