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Covering for the BossesLabor and the Southern Press$
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Joseph B. Atkins

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110805

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110805.001.0001

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Labor in the Old New South

Labor in the Old New South

(p.19) Chapter 2 Labor in the Old New South
Covering for the Bosses

Joseph B. Atkins

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the history of the relationship between labor and the press from the Reconstruction era up to the eve of the Second World War. It examines the role of newspapers in the struggle between labor unions and management, highlighting the stands of the newspaper editors Major Fred Sullens, Henry Grady, and Thomas E. Watson, on the labor system in the Southern states. It also notes the rise and fall of the Populist movement, which aims to champion the cause of agrarian reforms and to improve the living conditions of the Southern laborers.

Keywords:   labor, press, Southern laborers, Populist movement, agrarian reforms, Henry Grady, Thomas E. Watson, Major Fred Sullens, Reconstruction era, Southern states

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