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In 1942 Alice Allison Dunnigan, a sharecropper’s daughter from Kentucky, made her way to the nation’s capitol and a career in journalism that eventually led her to the White House. With Alone atop the Hill, Carol McCabe Booker has condensed Dunnigan’s 1974 self-published autobiography to appeal to a general audience and has added scholarly annotations that provide historical context. Dunnigan’s dynamic story reveals her importance to the fields of journalism, women’s history, and the civil rights movement and creates a compelling portrait of a groundbreaking American.

Dunnigan recounts her formative years in rural Kentucky as she struggled for a living, telling bluntly and simply what life was like in a Border State in the first half of the twentieth century. Later she takes readers to Washington, D.C., where we see her rise from a typist during World War II to a reporter. Ultimately she would become the first black female reporter accredited to the White House; to travel with a U.S. president; credentialed by the House and Senate Press Galleries; accredited to the Department of State and the Supreme Court; voted into the White House Newswomen’s Association and the Women’s National Press Club; and recognized as a Washington sports reporter.

A contemporary of Helen Thomas and a forerunner of Ethel Payne, Dunnigan traveled with President Truman on his coast-to-coast, whistle-stop tour; was the first reporter to query President Eisenhower about civil rights; and provided front-page coverage for more than one hundred black newspapers of virtually every race issue before the Congress, the federal courts, and the presidential administration. Here she provides an uninhibited, unembellished, and unvarnished look at the terrain, the players, and the politics in a roughand- tumble national capital struggling to make its way through a nascent, postwar racial revolution.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. Simeon Booker
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Editor’s Note
  2. Carol M. Booker
  3. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Part I. Those Early Years
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. Chapter 1. No Greater Thrill
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. Chapter 2. The Family Tree and Its Bittersweet Fruit
  2. pp. 9-14
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  1. Chapter 3. Alone atop a Hill
  2. pp. 15-24
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  1. Chapter 4. School Days
  2. pp. 25-38
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  1. Chapter 5. Where There’s a Will
  2. pp. 39-45
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  1. Chapter 6. The Job Hunt
  2. pp. 46-49
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  1. Chapter 7. The Ups and Downs of My First Job
  2. pp. 50-57
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  1. Chapter 8. A Plunge into the Sea of Matrimony
  2. pp. 58-65
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  1. Chapter 9. A Rugged Voyage Ends
  2. pp. 66-73
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  1. Chapter 10. Moving On
  2. pp. 74-78
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  1. Chapter 11. Wading through the Depression
  2. pp. 79-89
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  1. Chapter 12. Seeking Identity, Experience, and Recognition
  2. pp. 90-100
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  1. Part II. A Great New World
  2. pp. 101-102
  1. Chapter 13. Converging on Washington
  2. pp. 103-106
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  1. Chapter 14. Breaking Down Race—and Gender—Barriers
  2. pp. 107-115
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  1. Chapter 15. A Trip with the President
  2. pp. 116-133
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  1. Chapter 16. The Civil Rights Fights of the Forties
  2. pp. 134-142
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  1. Chapter 17. Profiles of Injustice
  2. pp. 143-152
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  1. Chapter 18. The President Proposes; the Congress Debates
  2. pp. 153-162
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  1. Chapter 19. Almost Pushing the Panic Button
  2. pp. 163-170
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  1. Chapter 20. Freedom Fights of the Fifties
  2. pp. 171-185
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  1. Chapter 21. Eisenhower’s Pique
  2. pp. 186-200
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 201-204
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 205-206
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-218
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 219-223
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820348605
Related ISBN
9780820347981
MARC Record
OCLC
903985872
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2015-02-24
Language
English
Open Access
No
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