That old-time religion: three journalists in the triangle of race, religion, and liberalism in the South at the cusp of the modern Civil Rights era, 1950-1953 Public Deposited

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  • Terry, Thomas C.
    • Affiliation: Hussman School of Journalism and Media
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  • This dissertation is a historical work and examines the underlying motivations for and the campaign against the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1950s, a campaign by Leslie Thompson and Willard Cole of The Whiteville News-Reporter and Horace Carter of the Tabor City Tribune. The campaign earned the Tribune and The News-Reporter the 1952 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The purpose of this dissertation is to mine the influences that motivated these three men to stand up to the Klan. The dissertation determined that their religious beliefs were the primary motivations within the context of race. Adherence to the law also buttressed their coverage. Liberalism was there, but as an echo. Carter, Cole, and Thompson represented a liberal newspapering tradition in the South that included Hodding Carter, Jr. and Ralph McGill, also Pulitzer Prize winners.
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  • Shaw, Donald Lewis
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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