“Nothing wrong with prejudice and discrimination:” Omaha newspaper coverage of the Civil Rights Movement in 1968

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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Communication (JAMCBAC)


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Karen Weber


This thesis discusses Omaha newspaper coverage of the Civil Rights Movement from January to April 1968. As the Vietnam War raged, racial tension continued to build in the United States, including Omaha, Nebraska. Despite its desegregation, a primarily white, male government controlled the city. The visit of Alabama Governor George Wallace, a widely known white-supremacist presidential candidate, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exacerbated the anger already felt by black communities throughout the city. This thesis examines the accuracy and contrasting content of the Omaha Star, a newspaper created to serve the black community, and the Omaha World-Herald, which mainly published articles written by white men.


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