The smell of burning crosses : an autobiography of a Mississippi newspaperman / Ira Harkey ; introduction to the new edition by William P. Hustwit
- Introduction to the New Edition / William P. Hustwit -- The End and the Beginning -- A Classic Rural Job -- Dripping with Integrity -- Two Men Hurt and a Nigger Killed -- Which One of You Guys Is the Communist? -- What the Hell Do You Mean? -- Biloxi, Offset Like the Magnetic Pole -- Our "Rich Heritage"-Poverty, Disease, and Human Waste -- Colonel Harkey, Dyed-in-the-Mink Trumanite -- "Most of Our Colored Friends Are Getting Just about All the Education They Can Absorb" -- The Smell of Burning Crosses -- Emmett Till: Impudent Young Upstart Asking for Trouble -- Shop Talk with the Magnolia Moses -- The Hog Wallow of Slime and Maggots -- The Caligula Medal -- In a Madhouse's Din -- Some People Want to See You Get Killed -- Knocking a Few Niggers in the Head Won't Be Enough -- A Drift from Reality, For Drunks and Loons -- A Bullet through Your Stupid Head -- Hit Them, Hit Them, Hit Them -- Turning People into Swine -- Rooting for the Lions -- The White Muslims -- The Learned Profession -- They Shall Overcome -- The Author Answers a Question: How Did You Get This Way? -- Afterword.
- "Journalist Ira Harkey risked it all when he advocated for James Meredith's admission to the University of Mississippi as the first African American student in 1962. Preceded by a legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court and violent, deadly rioting, Meredith's admission constituted a pivotal moment in civil rights history. At the time, Harkey was editor of the Chronicle in Pascagoula, Mississippi, where he published pieces in support of Meredith and the integration of Ole Miss. In 1963, Harkey won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing after firmly articulating his advocacy of change. Originally published in 1967, this book is Harkey's memoir of the crisis and what it was like to be a white integrationist editor in fiercely segregationist Mississippi. He recounts conversations with University of Mississippi officials and the Ku Klux Klan's attempts to intimidate him and muzzle his work. The memoir's title refers to a burning cross set on the lawn of his home, which occurred in addition to the shot fired at his office. Reprinted for the fifth time, this book features a new introduction by historian William Hustwit."--
- 9781496824844 (hardback)
9781496824851 (trade paperback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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