The Press: Dilemma in Dixie

Throughout the South virtually every front page last week told the news of 26-year-old Autherine Lucy's fight to become the first Negro to enter the University of Alabama (see EDUCATION). Yet, like other desegregation news that has crowded its way increasingly into the Southern press since the Supreme Court decision, it got there almost against the will of most editors. Southern newspapers —with scattered exceptions—are doing a patchy, pussyfooting job of covering the region's biggest running story since the end of slavery.

The Other Side. The measure of the Southern press was taken last...

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