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The Resource 30 days a black man : the forgotten story that exposed the Jim Crow South, Bill Steigerwald

30 days a black man : the forgotten story that exposed the Jim Crow South, Bill Steigerwald

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30 days a black man : the forgotten story that exposed the Jim Crow South
Title
30 days a black man
Title remainder
the forgotten story that exposed the Jim Crow South
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Bill Steigerwald
Title variation
Thirty days a black man
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Retells the story of a white journalist from Pittsburgh who lived for thirty days as a black man in the Jim Crow South alongside Atlanta's black civil rights pioneer Wesley Dobbs, an experiment that exposed the shameful system of segregation
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Review
Fascinating account of an anti-Jim Crow muckraking adventure.Longtime journalist Steigerwald (Dogging Steinbeck: Discovering America and Exposing the Truth about Travels with Charley, 2012, etc.) offers a valuable corrective in resurrecting Ray Sprigle (1886-1957), an old-school white Pittsburgh newspaperman who produced an exposé after traveling the South disguised as a black man. As Juan Williams notes in his foreword, "over thirty days, Sprigle learned of the daily humiliations experienced by blacks in the 1948 Deep South." Before he details Sprigle's tense journey, Steigerwald strongly depicts the pre-civil rights landscape, arguing that most white Americans could ignore blacks' plight, and some enforced the color line. He focuses on once-prominent figures, including the NAACP's driven head Walter Francis White (who actually appeared white), so-called "progressive segregationists" like journalist Hodding Carter, and determined middle-class blacks like John Wesley Dobbs, a Masonic Grand Master (and passionate Atlanta booster despite its segregation) recruited by White to guide Sprigle. He portrays Atlanta and Pittsburgh as cities in their primes, vastly different for black and white citizens, as was the country overall in 1948: "Civil rights and desegregation were in the headlines every day." Sprigle, who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing the Ku Klux Klan associations of Supreme Court justice Hugo Black, was described by Time as "a hard-digging, hell-for-leather newsman." Passing as a black man with a deep suntan and workman's clothes, after learning that dyes would be toxic, Sprigle traveled through several states, from Atlanta to the Mississippi Delta, and avoided danger due to Dobbs' counsel: "to stay out of trouble and avoid harm you had to be vigilant as well as meek, lowly, and docile. His newspaper stories were carried nationwide and turned into a book, yet Steigerwald concludes, "by Christmas of 1948, the intense debate over the future of Jim Crow segregation had burned out in the national media." Sprigle's audacity was forgotten, but Steigerwald turns it into rollicking, haunting American history.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2017)
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Steigerwald, Bill
Dewey number
305.800973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.61
LC item number
.S796 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Sprigle, Ray
  • African Americans
  • HISTORY / African American
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • United States
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the forgotten story that exposed the Jim Crow South
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30 days a black man : the forgotten story that exposed the Jim Crow South, Bill Steigerwald
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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text
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  • txt
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1762353
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 315 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781493026180
Lccn
2016056358
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9781493026180
  • (OCoLC)953223370
Label
30 days a black man : the forgotten story that exposed the Jim Crow South, Bill Steigerwald
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1762353
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 315 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781493026180
Lccn
2016056358
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781493026180
  • (OCoLC)953223370

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