Civil Rights Vanguard in the Deep South: Newspaper Portrayal of Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964-1977

Type 
Journal Article
Year 
1991
Creator(s) 
Pages 
515-521
Volume 
68
Number 
3
Month or quarter 
Fall
Doc # 
1FH02.01
Abstract 

In this scholarly article, the author analyzes the coverage of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer's life by five major American newspapers: the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Tmes, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. This scholar examined the data on the basis of story origin (whether the story in question was written by a staff writer or a wire news service), story completeness, and a sexist bias. She found that most of the stories about Hamer were written by staff members; therefore, it was likely that Hamer warranted significant attention. She also concluded that stories about Hamer concerned her immediate actions rather than her background in the civil rights movement. Finally, she discovered that all five of the newspapers included gender stereotyping of Hamer; their articles referenced her deep voice, perspiration, mannerism, feet, and weight.

Additional information 

Document Description: four-page photocopy of document; located in PLT Archive folder "Hamer articles"; Notations (written on photocopy): from Journalism Quarterly, Fall 1991, Vol. 68 No.3.

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