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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813025742
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: Southern Dissent Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Pt. 1 Introduction
1 A Journalist's View: How Gene Patterson Persuaded His White Southern Kinfolk to Do What Was Right 3
2 A Historian's View: Gene Patterson, Southern Liberalism, and the Vise of History 17
Pt. 2 The Atlanta Columns of Eugene Patterson, 1960-1968
3 1960: A Rising Wind 45
4 1961: The Rock and the Anchor 61
5 1962: Acts of Honor 89
6 1963: One Small Shoe 121
7 1964: How Do You Reach Them? 153
8 1965: Thumping the Melon 181
9 1966: The Savage Difference 199
10 1967: Hooked on a Log 219
11 1968: A Thousand Times Unafraid 231
Pt. 3 Reflections
12 Forged in Battle: The Formative Experience of War 245
13 The Long Road Back to Georgia 255
14 Gene Patterson: An Appreciation 277
15 The Legacy of Gene Patterson: An Interview with Cynthia Tucker 281
Cast of Characters 287
Selected Bibliography 295
Notes on Editors and Contributors 301
Index 303
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