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Dark Days in the Newsroom traces how journalists became radicalized during the Depression era, only to become targets of Senator Joseph McCarthy and like-minded anti-Communist crusaders during the 1950s. Edward Alwood, a former news correspondent describes this remarkable story of conflict, principle, and personal sacrifice with noticeable élan. He shows how McCarthy's minions pried inside newsrooms thought to be sacrosanct under the First Amendment, and details how journalists mounted a heroic defense of freedom of the press while others secretly enlisted in the government's anti-communist crusade.

Relying on previously undisclosed documents from FBI files, along with personal interviews, Alwood provides a richly informed commentary on one of the most significant moments in the history of American journalism. Arguing that the experiences of the McCarthy years profoundly influenced the practice of journalism, he shows how many of the issues faced by journalists in the 1950s prefigure today's conflicts over the right of journalists to protect their sources.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. CHAPTER ONE Awakening the Newsroom
  2. pp. 12-23
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  1. CHAPTER TWO The Politics of Anticommunism
  2. pp. 24-39
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  1. CHAPTER THREE Prelude to an Investigation
  2. pp. 40-50
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR Reds in the Newsroom
  2. pp. 51-64
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE The Specter of McCarthy
  2. pp. 65-79
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  1. CHAPTER SIX Dark Clouds over the Newsroom
  2. pp. 80-94
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN The Investigation
  2. pp. 95-107
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT Deeper Trouble
  2. pp. 108-121
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  1. CHAPTER NINE Journalists and the First Amendment
  2. pp. 122-137
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  1. CHAPTER TEN Living with the Legacy
  2. pp. 138-148
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 149-154
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 155-190
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 191-194
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781592133437
Related ISBN
9781592133420
MARC Record
OCLC
229432852
Pages
201
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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