Changing South of Gene Patterson: Journalism, History, and Civil Rights, 1960-1968 / Edition 1

Changing South of Gene Patterson: Journalism, History, and Civil Rights, 1960-1968 / Edition 1

by Roy Peter Clark
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813025745

ISBN-13: 9780813025742

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: University Press of Florida

The Changing South of Gene Patterson celebrates the work of one of America's most influential journalists, who wrote in a time and place of dramatic social and political upheaval. The editor of the Atlanta Constitution from 1960 through 1968, Patterson wrote directly to his fellow white southerners every day, working to persuade them to change their ways. His words

Overview

The Changing South of Gene Patterson celebrates the work of one of America's most influential journalists, who wrote in a time and place of dramatic social and political upheaval. The editor of the Atlanta Constitution from 1960 through 1968, Patterson wrote directly to his fellow white southerners every day, working to persuade them to change their ways. His words were so inspirational that he was asked by Walter Cronkite to read live on the CBS Evening News his most famous column, about the Birmingham church bombing.

This volume includes more than 120 of Patterson's best pieces, selected from some 3,200 columns. These columns offer probing commentary on the crucial issues of race, civil rights, social justice, and desegregation; some reveal examples of political and moral leadership, drawn from every corner of southern culture. Introductory essays, framing Patterson's work as journalism and literature, place it in the context of southern history and the evolution of white southern liberalism. Patterson himself contributes a new essay, reflecting on his life, work, and times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813025742
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Southern Dissent Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.82(w) x 8.68(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents

Series Forewordxi
Acknowledgmentsxv
Part 1Introduction
1.A Journalist's View: How Gene Patterson Persuaded His White Southern Kinfolk to Do What Was Right3
2.A Historian's View: Gene Patterson, Southern Liberalism, and the Vise of History17
Part 2The Atlanta Columns of Eugene Patterson, 1960-1968
3.1960: A Rising Wind45
4.1961: The Rock and the Anchor61
5.1962: Acts of Honor89
6.1963: One Small Shoe121
7.1964: How Do You Reach Them?153
8.1965: Thumping the Melon181
9.1966: The Savage Difference199
10.1967: Hooked on a Log219
11.1968: A Thousand Times Unafraid231
Part 3Reflections
12.Forged in Battle: The Formative Experience of War245
13.The Long Road Back to Georgia255
14.Gene Patterson: An Appreciation277
15.The Legacy of Gene Patterson: An Interview with Cynthia Tucker281
Cast of Characters287
Selected Bibliography295
Notes on Editors and Contributors301
Index303

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