"A" is for Ashmore, Harry Scott [1916-1998]

Nov 13, 2017

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"A" is for Ashmore, Harry Scott [1916-1998]. Author. Editor. Pulitzer Prize Winner. A Clemson graduate, Ashmore went to work for the Greenville Piedmont and Greenville News. His reporting earned him a Nieman Fellowship and a position with the Charlotte News. In 1947 he moved to the Arkansas Gazette. His editorials opposing Governor Orville Faubus' attempts to block the desegregation of Little Rock's Central High School attracted national attention and won a Pulitzer Prize. His 1954 book, The Negro and the Schools summarized research on the disparate biracial education system in the South. After leaving the Gazette in 1959, Ashmore became the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Britannica. During his long and distinguished career Harry Scott Ashmore wrote ten books, many of which—most notably An Epitaph for Dixie--discussed the changing attitudes of the New South.