The Press: Strong Constitution

Georgia's famed Atlanta Constitution last week jumped the gun by nearly a year to publish a fat, 144-page 75th-anniversary edition. This haste is typical of the new bounce animating the Constitution in the traditions of its great Editor Henry Woodfin Grady. Responsible was the South's fastest-rising new editor: 43-year-old, 230-lb. Ralph Emerson McGill, who went to the Constitution as assistant sports editor in 1929. In him, the Constitution found the new blood it needed.

The Constitution became potent, under three generations of the Howell family, without covering all the news, often without fairness or objectivity. But it did speak, by guess and...

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