The Press: Crusade Ended

Portly, farm-born Grover Cleveland Hall had long been known in the South, had got himself a nationwide reputation as a fighting newspaperman. Editor (since 1926) of the small but potent Montgomery Advertiser, he was reportedly one of the best-paid editorialists in the South (TIME, Dec. 16).

It was Grover Hall who broke the power of the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama. Back in 1927, when both Alabama Senators were members of the Klan, and Governor Bibb Graves was inclined to ignore frequent floggings, Editor Hall tore into the Klan tooth & nail, ended...

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