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William Allen White Editorial Conference

Author : University of Kansas. William Allen White School of Journalism and Public Information
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William Allen White Memorial Lecture

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William Allen White

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Once upon a time, William Allen White of Emporia, Kansas, was a household name in America. An acquaintance of every twentieth century president from Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin Roosevelt, he held a close friendship with the former and generally was an admirer of the latter. White allied himself with the Progressive movement early in the twentieth century, originally from the influence of T. R., but also from others such as Woodrow Wilson. The author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, and an important political advisor within the Republican party, although he traveled and spoke often both in the United States and sometimes abroad, White nevertheless was most proud of the fact that he was a small-town newspaper editor in Emporia until his death there in 1944. He was an important supporter of middle class and middle western values, but a close examination of his writings from the end of World War I until 1944 shows that he was most concerned about support for democracy, which he defined as Christianity institutionalized. This came at a time when democratic principles were coming under scrutiny or outright attack, both at home and abroad. Politically he always sought to promote the moderate course, attempting to bring both major parties together in a common ground. Even though he is not widely known today, perhaps his message has a significant value to twenty-first-century America.

William Allen White s America

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William Allen White a Study of Values

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William Allen White Country Editor 1895 1905

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The Autobiography of William Allen White

Author : William Allen White
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White, who died in 1944, was both small-town newspaperman and national celebrity, a journalist, editor and author, popular commentator, Republican political leader and founder of the Progressive party. First published posthumously in 1946, this 2nd ed. of the Autobiography is abridged and edited for the modern reader. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

William Allen White

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Home Town News

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In 1895, a 27-year-old journalist named William Allen White returned to his home town of Emporia, Kansas, to edit a little down-at-the-heels newspaper he had just purchased for $3,000. "The new editor," he wrote in his first editorial, "hopes to live here until he is the old editor, until some of the visions which rise before him as he dreams shall have come true." White did become "the old editor," remaining with the Emporia Gazette until his death 50 years later. During his long tenure he gained nation-wide fame as an author, political leader, and social commentator. But more than anything else, he became the national embodiment of the small-town newspaperman and all the treasured virtues that small towns represented in the minds of Americans. Home Town News is both a fascinating biography and a compelling social history. As Sally Foreman Griffith shows, White's popular image--kindly yet crusading, fiercely independent yet deeply rooted in his community--doesn't do justice to the man's complexity. Shrewdly carving out a position of leadership in a faction-torn town, White carefully shaped his paper's vision of its community to promote local economic growth, Republican political control, and social harmony. With his emergence as a leader among Midwestern progressives, he carefully adapted the ideas and rhetoric of small-town boosterism to changing economic realities. The book uses White's career to help us understand the role of journalism--and the journalist--in turn-of-the-century American culture. Far from being a simple chronicler of daily events, the small-town newspaperman carried considerable weight in his community. He was a leading force in local business, a galvanizing influence in civic life, and a key political activist. As giant corporations came to dominate the national economy, the newspaperman played a pivotal yet ambivalent role in the resulting social transformation: he sought to preserve local autonomy even as his paper introduced his readers to mass-produced consumer goods. Home Town News also tells the story of Emporia, Kansas, during this period of social change. Its richly textured descriptions of small-town life take us beyond abstractions like "modernization," "progressivism," and "boosterism." As we observe the Emporia Street Fair of 1899, the heated controversy over the morality of a local doctor in 1902, and the elaborate campaign to build a Y.M.C.A. in 1914, we gain new insights into the processes that have shaped modern America.

William Allen White in Memoriam

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