Academic journal article Journalism History

Ted Poston: A First Draft of History

Academic journal article Journalism History

Ted Poston: A First Draft of History

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Hauke, Kathleen A. Ted Poston: A First Draft of History. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2000. 257 pp. $29.95.

Living in safe houses. Wearing a disguise to work. Being chased out of town in the dead of night. This sounds more like the daily life of an undercover agent than a newspaper reporter, but Ted Poston had to do this and more while covering stories for the New York Post. The first African-American reporter to work a majority of his career at a daily metropolitan newspaper, he witnessed and chronicled many of the major civil rights stories of the twentieth century. His articles not only presented the facts but also articulated the human spirit of those fighting for justice and equality.

Kathleen Hauke, who has written a biography of Poston and edited another based on his childhood writings, has done a masterful job in A First Draft ofHistory of putting together articles by Poston that highlight his story-telling talent. Her introduction provides just enough background to help the reader understand the complex makeup of Poston and the fine line that he had to walk in telling the stories of African Americans to an integrated audience.

Several sections in this book will interest historians. First, Poston's account of the "Little Scottsboro" case in Lake County, Florida, is a tribute to journalism. His coverage of the trial involving three African-American men charged and later convicted of kidnapping and raping a white woman not only showed the horror of racism in the Southern justice system in 1949, but it also described the sheer hopelessness felt by African Americans and sympathetic whites in the area. …

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