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dc.contributor.advisorPerry, Earnest L. (Earnest Lee), 1964-eng
dc.contributor.authorEdmondson, Aimeeeng
dc.coverage.spatialSouthern Stateseng
dc.coverage.temporal1900-1999eng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.date.submitted2008 Falleng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on November 9, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionDissertation advisor: Dr. Earnest L. Perry Jr.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionPh. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2008.eng
dc.description.abstractThis is a study of libel cases filed by southern public officials during the Civil Rights Movement relating to African Americans' increasing fight for equality in the United States. Emphasis is on little-known lawsuits filed in the shadow of the landmark New York Times. v. Sullivan case in Alabama in 1960, through its adjudication in 1964 and in its aftermath. This study expands upon the evidence and argument that southern officials used existing laws to craft what amounted to a sedition law in order to stop the press from covering the movement. Without the world looking at the South through the lens of the national press, southern officials and other segregationists would have been free to continue to squelch activism in their own way. Shattering precedent, the nation's high court constitutionalized libel law with the Sullivan decision, creating a new standard that required public officials to prove "actual malice" and insuring that citizens were free to exercise their First Amendment right to criticize the government. This study illustrates that the use and abuse of libel law became an integral part of the story in the battle for equal rights.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references (p. 155-167).eng
dc.format.extent168 pageseng
dc.identifier.oclc681911167eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/9098
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/9098eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshNew York Times Companyeng
dc.subject.lcshLibel and slander -- Historyeng
dc.subject.lcshAfrican Americans -- Civil rights -- Historyeng
dc.subject.lcshCivil rights movements -- Historyeng
dc.subject.lcshFreedom of the press -- Historyeng
dc.subject.lcshPress law -- Historyeng
dc.titleIn Sullivan's shadow : the use and abuse of libel law during the Civil Rights Movementeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineJournalism (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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