The Press: Irreverent Crusader

If the South had forty editors like W. 0. Sounders, it could be rid of most of its problems in five years.

—H. L. Mencken

William Oscar Saunders was in the old tradition: a personal journalist, a high-horsed crusader, a one-man crowd. For 30 years, as editor-publisher of a rural North Carolina weekly, he unremittingly fought graft, corruption, red-neck segregationists, pharisees of all kinds—and some 60 libel suits. Last week, in a book entitled The Independent Man, Saunders' only son, Keith, 52, now an aviation writer in Washington, recalls the turbulent career of one...

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