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[...] the evidence against Cluverius was mixed, and contradictory, in both the public and in the formal courts. Unlike white defendants in the white press, African Americans were displayed in the black press as heroes or victims in a drama of falsely charged innocence, not as deviants masquerading in the guise of upstanding citizens. What happened in the matrix of race and crime and sensation when the television camera came to town? [...] especially: what happened when the post- World War II challenge to white supremacy upset the configurations of power that led even the black press to stop defending the black accused after disfranchisement in Virginia?
The Body in the Reservoir: Murder and Sensationalism in the South Edward E Baptist Southern Quarterly; Winter 2010; 47, 2; Docstoc
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