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Editor for Justice: The Life of Louis I. Jaffé
Louisiana State University Press, 2002
By Alexander Liedholt
ISBN: 0-8071-2751-5


Media arts and design professor Alexander Liedholt chronicles the life of Louis Isaac Jaffé (1919-1950), former editor of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. Jaffé earned the 1929 Pulitzer Prize for his editorial campaign urging Virginia lawmakers to adopt strict anti-lynching legislation. Prejudice that Jaffé faced as a Jew created in him an abiding empathy with the downtrodden, and service in World War I and the Red Cross deepened his sensitivity to injustice. Editor for Justice chronicles the civil rights violations and intolerance that Jaffé wrote about and explores his private life and efforts to advance racial understanding. Jaffé became a national spokesman for a better South, while successfully lobbying for black parks and beaches, black police and a black colleges. Liedholt is also the author of Standing Before the Shouting Mob: Lenoir Chambers and Virginia’s Massive Resistance to Public-School Integration.


Publisher: Montpelier Magazine For Information Contact: montpelier@jmu.edu