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Histories of the civil rights movement are abundant but this book focuses on those that wrote that history - the journalists.
The book brings their efforts alive and awakens the reader to the struggles and dangers they faced in simply getting the truth out. Reporters from the black newspapers excluded because of their race; small town editors taking brave stands that could cost them advertising; Northern writers not understanding the culture. Publications that are now respected that can not but be ashamed at their past.
All are included and all are worth your time.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Race Beat to be better than the print version?
The first part of the book is a bit of a slog as an audiobook because there are so many names being listed that it's difficult to keep everyone straight. However, after that initial bit I had no problems--Richard Allen does a great job with the narration and makes a lot of the scenes really come to life with his skillful use of voices.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Race Beat?
The chapter on the riots at Ole Miss was truly harrowing.
Any additional comments?
I thought this book sounded a little dry when I first saw it, but ended up loving it. Definitely worth giving a try if you have an interest in the era!
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