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Standing Before the Shouting Mob Lenoir Chambers and Virginia's Massive Resistance to Public School Integration by Alexander Leidholdt
  

Standing Before the Shouting Mob Lenoir Chambers and Virginia's Massive Resistance to Public School Integration

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Standing Before the Shouting Mob Lenoir Chambers and Virginia's Massive Resistance to Public School Integration by Alexander Leidholdt

This book provides a vivid portrayal of one southern journalist's campaign for racial justice.Lenoir Chambers was editor of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot during the 1950s [and] in 1954, following the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, he urged southerners to accept the fact that the age of segregation was over. Instead, Virginia embarked on a determined campaign of massive resistance...In 1960 Chambers received the Pulitzer Prize. He had, indeed, been unique: the only editor of a major Virginia newspaper to advocate obedience to what, after all, was the law of the land!

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The book's principal contribution is its persuasive portrait of a thoroughly admirable and courageous journalist.... An important, well-researched, and well-written contribution. - Journal of American History Chambers was among only four of 53 southern journalists who consistently supported the 1954 Brown decision, [and] he received the Pulitzer Prize for his influential editorials - the Pilot was second in circulation among Virginia's newspapers - during Norfolk's school closings. Chambers represented, writes Leidholdt, the best of the South: genteel manners, courage, democratic beliefs, adherence to law, and rejection of intolerance. - Journal of Southern History


About the Author

Alexander Leidholdt is Assistant Professor of Communication at Purdue University.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2008

Author

Alexander Leidholdt

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Publisher

The University of Alabama Press

Format

Paperback
208 pages

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Education

ISBN

9780817354916

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