The Press: The Birmingham Story

Birmingham whites and blacks share a community of fear . . . Every channel of communication, every medium of mutual interest, every reasoned approach, every inch of middle ground has been fragmented by the emotional dynamite of racism, reinforced by the whip, the razor, the gun, the bomb, the torch, the club, the knife, the mob . . . Telephones are tapped . . . Mail is intercepted and opened . . . The eavesdropper, the spy and the informer have become a fact of life.

So wrote New York Timesman Harrison Salisbury last...

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