Arkansas is a south central state of the United States, officially designated by its general assembly as the "Land of Opportunity."
It is quite a way from Arkansas, and particularly from long-embattled Little Rock, to the scholarly Chicago offices of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. But Pulitzer Prizewinner Harry Scott Ashmore, 44, is about to make the trip.
As executive editor of Little Rock's Arkansas Gazette, Ashmore won fame for courage and reason during the city's 1957 segregationist riots. Two years later Ashmore went to work for the Fund for the Republic, was commissioned...