Journalism and Jim Crow: White Supremacy and the Black Struggle for a New America (History of Communication) (Paperback)

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By Kathy Roberts Forde (Editor), Sid Bedingfield (Editor), Alex Lichtenstein (Foreword by), Sid Bedingfield (Contributions by), Bryan Bowman (Contributions by), W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Contributions by), Kathy Roberts Forde (Contributions by), Robert Greene, II (Contributions by), Kristin L. Gustafson (Contributions by), D'Weston Haywood (Contributions by), Blair LM Kelley (Contributions by), Razvan Sibii (Contributions by)
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White publishers and editors used their newspapers to build, nurture, and protect white supremacy across the South in the decades after the Civil War. At the same time, a vibrant Black press fought to disrupt these efforts and force the United States to live up to its democratic ideals. Journalism and Jim Crow centers the press as a crucial political actor shaping the rise of the Jim Crow South. The contributors explore the leading role of the white press in constructing an anti-democratic society by promoting and supporting not only lynching and convict labor but also coordinated campaigns of violence and fraud that disenfranchised Black voters. They also examine the Black press’s parallel fight for a multiracial democracy of equality, justice, and opportunity for all—a losing battle with tragic consequences for the American experiment.

Original and revelatory, Journalism and Jim Crow opens up new ways of thinking about the complicated relationship between journalism and power in American democracy.

Contributors: Sid Bedingfield, Bryan Bowman, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Kathy Roberts Forde, Robert Greene II, Kristin L. Gustafson, D'Weston Haywood, Blair LM Kelley, and Razvan Sibii

About the Author

Kathy Roberts Forde is associate professor of journalism at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker and the First Amendment. Sid Bedingfield is associate professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Newspaper Wars: Civil Rights and White Resistance in South Carolina, 1935-1965.

Praise For…

"The research and sourcing are rich, with sixty to one hundred citations per chapter. Historical events are placed in a 2020s context. Journalism and Jim Crow is a relevant read." --American Journalism

"Assembling penetrating scholarship on the complex roles that newspapers and their personnel (editors, publishers, reporters) played in both establishing white supremacy in the postbellum South and in resisting its imposition, Journalism and Jim Crow offers much fresh insight based on original research. Together, the collected essays highlight the pivotal role of a set of actors (some of them prominent, many previously neglected) and institutions, making substantial contributions to scholarship on the origins of Jim Crow as well filling a major gap in journalism history and media studies."--Bruce J. Schulman, The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics

Product Details
ISBN: 9780252086151
ISBN-10: 0252086155
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: December 14th, 2021
Pages: 360
Language: English
Series: History of Communication