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Ted Poston : pioneer American journalist
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Offers a look at the life and career of the first African American reporter to work at a mainstream daily newspaper - (Baker & Taylor)

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Add this biography to the lengthening list of studies of the African American generation that laid the groundwork for the mid-century civil-rights movement. Poston (1906^-74) may be journalism's equivalent of Negro League ballplayers who spent time in the "majors" after Jackie Robinson broke the color line. A Hopkinsville, Kentucky, native, he supported his study at Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial College by working as a railroad porter and dining-car waiter. Poston went to Russia in 1932 with other U.S. blacks to make a film on racism, then was a Pittsburgh Courier reporter and city editor at Harlem's Amsterdam News. He helped Heywood Broun found the American Newspaper Guild, joined the Federal Writers' Project, and worked for the Office of War Information during World War II. Poston wrote for the New York Post, becoming one of the first black journalists to gain a full-time position in the mainstream (i.e., white) media. Viewed as their "dean" by younger journalists, such as the late Bob Maynard, Poston lived a fascinating life, well worth examining. ((Reviewed December 15, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Table of Contents

Preface xi(4)
Acknowledgments xv(2)
Editorial Note xvii
1 Childhood: 1906-1917
2 End of Innocence: 1917-1924
3 College: 1924-1928
4 Journalism Apprenticeship: 1928-1932
5 Russia: 1932
6 New Deal and Newspaper Guild: 1932-1935
7 Federal Writers' Project: 1936-1940
8 Black Cabinet, World War II: 1940-1945
9 Postwar New York Post: 1945-1954
10 Integration by Law: 1954-1957
11 Dean of Black Journalists: 1957-1964
12 The Torch Passes to a New Generation: 1964-1972
13 Retirement, Death: 1972-1974
Notes 195(72)
Bibliography 267(40)
Index 307

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