By Bill Steigerwald,Juan Williams
Escorted in the course of the South’s parallel black society by means of John Wesley Dobbs, a ancient black civil rights pioneer from Atlanta, Sprigle met with sharecroppers, neighborhood black leaders, and households of lynching sufferers. He visited ramshackle black colleges and slept on the houses of filthy rich black farmers and doctors.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter’s sequence was once syndicated coast to coast in white newspapers and carried into the South merely by way of the Pittsburgh Courier, the country’s major black paper. His shiny descriptions and undisguised outrage at "the iniquitous Jim Crow approach" stunned the North, enraged the South, and ignited the 1st nationwide debate within the media approximately finishing America’s process of apartheid.
Six years sooner than Brown v. Board of Education, seven years prior to the homicide of Emmett until eventually, and 13 years earlier than John Howard Griffin’s related test turned the bestseller Black Like Me, Sprigle’s intrepid journalism blasted into the yankee realization the bleak fact of black lives within the South.
Author invoice Steigerwald elevates Sprigle’s groundbreaking exposé to its rightful position one of the seminal occasions of the early Civil Rights movement.
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30 Days a Black Man: The Forgotten Story That Exposed the Jim Crow South by Bill Steigerwald,Juan Williams