By Bill Steigerwald,Juan Williams
Escorted during the South’s parallel black society through John Wesley Dobbs, a old black civil rights pioneer from Atlanta, Sprigle met with sharecroppers, neighborhood black leaders, and households of lynching sufferers. He visited ramshackle black faculties and slept on the houses of wealthy 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 in simple terms by way of the Pittsburgh Courier, the country’s top 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 method of apartheid.
Six years prior to Brown v. Board of Education, seven years earlier than the homicide of Emmett until eventually, and 13 years prior to John Howard Griffin’s comparable test turned the bestseller Black Like Me, Sprigle’s intrepid journalism blasted into the yankee recognition the bleak truth 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