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Reporter visits South Carolina State University days before the Orangeburg Massacre
Jack Bass tells of his experience deep in the Civil Rights movement in South Carolina, from the Orangeburg Massacre to Strom Thurmond.


Louis Sossamon

Jack Bass

Born: Columbia, SC

Newspaper History:
-News and Courier
-The West Ashley Journal
-The Columbia Record
-The State Newspaper

Honors and Awards:
-South Carolina Journalist of the Year
-American Library Association's "Notable Books for Adults List" for The Transfomation of Southern Politics
-Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Taming the Storm

Education:
-University of South Carolina
-Nieman Fellow at Harvard University
-Ph.D. Emory University

Military Service: U.S. Navy

Family: Wife, Nathalie Dupree

Books:
-Strom: The Complicated Personal and Political Life of Strom Thurmond
-Taming the Storm: The Life and Times of Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. and the South's Fight over Civil Rights
-The Orangeburg Massacre
-Unlikely Heroes
-The Transformation of Southern Politics

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The full interview is 1 hour and 21 minutes.

Interview Highlights (fast forward to hear about):
-Getting a start in the newspaper business (1:20-2:04)
-Starting a weekly newspaper (2:05-9:09)
-Working with state government (10:30-15:09)
-Fritz Hollings Hunger Tours (15:10-19:27)
-Orangeburg Massacre (19:33-37:39)
-Trial of Cleveland Sellers (37:40-40:55)
-Strom Thurmond (41:12-59:02)
-Strom Thurmond's illegitimate daughter (59:13-1:01:05)
-Civil Rights and Newspapers (1:01:22-1:03:03)
-Advice to future journalists (1:03:12-1:04:51)
-Writing The Transformation of Southern Politics (1:05:01-1:10:10)
-Working with national papers (1:10:20-1:11:35)

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