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: 9780252083037
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 11/06/2017
Series: History of Communication Series
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Fred Carroll is a lecturer at Kennesaw State University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction: Political Pressures and Black Newswriting 1

1 "Negro Subversion": Solidifying a Militant Press 14

2 Enter the "New Crowd" Journalists 41

3 Popular Fronts and Modern Presses 63

4 The "New Crowd" Goes Global 89

5 "Questionable Leanings": The "New Crowd" Driven Out 117

6 Black Power Assaults the Black Newspaper 152

7 Into the White Newsroom 180

Epilogue: A Crusade into the Digital Age 207

Notes 213

Bibliography 239

Index 259

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