30 Days a Black Man : The Forgotten Story That Exposed the Jim Crow South

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    Author: By (author)  Bill Steigerwald , Foreword by  Juan Williams
    Format: Hardback
    Language: English
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    As a story from the Jim Crow past, Bill Steigerwald’s recounting of Sprigle’s mission . . .  reminds us of what an honest conversation about race can accomplish as we continue on the path toward a more equitable future.

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    As a story from the Jim Crow past, Bill Steigerwald's recounting of Sprigle's mission . . . reminds us of what an honest conversation about race can accomplish as we continue on the path toward a more equitable future. -- Juan Williams, political analyst and author of Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 This is a vivid, well-researched account of a journalistic coup. White Ray Sprigle passing for black in the Jim Crow South-the danger, the narrow escapes, the abuses, the revelations. But it is also a set of portraits: of the brave black men who helped Sprigle fulfill his assignment; a portrait of the Deep South; and a portrait of the United States in the late 1940s. -- Paul Theroux, travel writer, novelist, and author of Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads Bill Steigerwald is an author who always delights and informs, here recounting the frightening story of two courageous men, one black and the other a white Pittsburgh newspaper reporter posing as black, traveling through the Jim Crow South of 1948 to expose a vicious and brutal system of racial segregation. -- David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author The courage displayed by Ray Sprigle and John Wesley Dobbs on their journey into the Deep South is one of the major feats of investigative journalism during the pre-Civil Rights era. Bill Steigerwald's book is an unflinching examination of race relations in this country's recent past and the true impact that uncompromising journalism can have on our world. -- Jesse Holland, author of Black Men Built the Capitol and The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House A fascinating account of an anti-Jim Crow muckraking adventure...Sprigle's audacity was forgotten, but Steigerwald turns it into rollicking, haunting American history. * Kirkus * Steigerwald sees Sprigle as an unlikely hero who delivered harsh truths to an audience that . . . might never have seen those stories given the era's segregated press... [I]t's a story worth discussing today. * Smithsonian Magazine *

    More Product Information 3: About Bill Steigerwald
    Bill Steigerwald's thirty-six-year career as a journalist included stints with the Los Angeles Times, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. At the Trib he was an associate editor, feature writer, book page editor/writer, editorial writer, weekly op-ed columnist and weekly interviewer of important newsmakers. His work has appeared in dozens of major American papers and in magazines as disparate as Reason, Family Circle, Men's Journal, and Penthouse. He lives just outside of Pittsburgh.