9780807127513

Editor for Justice : The Life of Louis I. Jaffe

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807127513

  • ISBN10:

    0807127515

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-06-01
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr

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Summary

From his assumption of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot's editorial helm in 1919 until his death in 1950, Louis Isaac Jaffe served as one of the South's leading and most respected liberal journalists. Prejudice he faced as a Jew created in him an abiding empathy with the downtrodden, and his World War I military service and subsequent Red Cross work deepened his sensitivity to injustice. Alexander Leidholdt's new biography maps the battlefield of intolerance and civil rights violations on which Jaffe fired his journalistic salvos and explores the complexities of a man who was poised to become a national spokesman for a better South.

Jaffe worked ceaselessly to advance racial understanding, successfully lobbying locally for black parks and beaches, black police, and a black college. A high point of Leidholdt's book is the account of Jaffe's attacks on mob justice, a stirring record of one writer's response to what he saw as inexcusable moral sluggishness in civil authorities. For his campaign urging Virginia lawmakers to adopt stiff antilynching legislation, he ear

Author Biography

Alexander S. Leidholdt is associate professor of media arts and design at James Madison University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(3)
The Last Straw
4(15)
A Poignant Journey
19(27)
Great Expectations
46(34)
A War up Close
80(29)
Accepting the Helm
109(19)
Setting a Course
128(27)
The Roaring Twenties
155(33)
Mobs in His Cross Hairs
188(57)
The Waning Twenties
245(32)
The Avant-Garde
277(28)
A Crushing Load
305(26)
Two Faces of Intolerance
331(27)
From Bad to Worse
358(33)
A Light in the Tunnel
391(32)
A Fight to the Finish
423(32)
Postscript: The Legacy of Louis Jaffe 455(10)
Bibliography 465(26)
Index 491

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