Home Town News: William Allen White and the Emporia Gazette

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Abbreviations
EG Emporia Gazette (daily edition)
ER Emporia Republican
ESU William Allen White Collection, William Allen White Memorial Li-
brary, Emporia State University, Emporia
ET Emporia Times
KU William Allen White Papers, Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Re-
search Library, University of Kansas, Lawrence
LB Letter books included in LC
LC William Allen White Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C.
LCHM Lyon County Historical Museum, Emporia

Introduction
1.
William Allen White, The Autobiography of William Allen White ( New York: Macmillan Company, 1946), pp. 257-58.
2.
For Franklin's account of his arrival, see The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Leonard W. Labaree et al., eds. ( New Haven: Yale University Press, 1964), pp. 75-77. The many biographies of White that focus upon his national career include Walter Johnson, William Allen White's America ( New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1947); Everett Rich, William Allen White: The Man From Emporia ( New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1941); Frank C. Clough, William Allen White of Emporia ( New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1941; Greenwood Press reprint, 1970); David Hinshaw, A Man From Kansas: The Story of William Allen White ( New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1945); John DeWitt MeKee, William Allen White: Maverick on Main Street (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1975); and E. Jay Jernigan, William Allen White ( New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1983).
3.
My understanding of face-to-face communication has been greatly influenced by the work of Fr. Walter J. Ong, most recently Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word ( New York: Methuen & Co., 1982). As will become clear, however, I do not follow Fr. Ong's polarization of cultures into oral or literate. Rather, I have come to believe that there is a continuum among and within societies between purely oral and purely literate and that small towns in the nineteenth century had strong oral components. Certainly, journalism as a highly conventional genre has many of the same characteristics that Fr. Ong ascribes to oral expression.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 3
  • Part I - The New Man 11
  • 1 - The Education of a Somebody"" 13
  • 2 - The New Editor 32
  • Part II - The Old Order Changeth 65
  • 3 - A Practical Printer 67
  • 4 - The Making of a Progressive 92
  • 5 - Booster Progressivism 113
  • 6 - Spokesman for Community 139
  • 7 - Community Journalism 159
  • Part III - Nationalizing the Community 185
  • 8 - Booster Nationalism 187
  • 9 - Mass Media Come to the Small Town 211
  • Epilogue 240
  • Notes 243
  • Index 283
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