Last week we wrote about Samuel Adams, a St. Petersburg Times race reporter who spent two weeks traveling the South with his wife Elenora just months after the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964. Adams documented the 4,300-mile journey in a seven-part series, “Highways to Hope." Since we wrote about Adams online and in print, we’ve received many comments and messages from readers who wanted to read his original series. Here is the entire series from our archives. Editor’s note: During this period, the Times used language to describe black people that is now outdated or, in certain cases, offensive. Introduction: Highways of Hope Published November 8, 1964 "Four months after passage of the Civil Rights Act color bars are toppling in the South. But they haven’t fallen. In some areas, there is open defiance, with violence just beneath the surface. In others there is evasion and subterfuge. But almost everywhere there are heartening signs of progress. Times … [Read more...] about ‘Highways to Hope’: Read a Times reporter’s account of a road trip through racism in 1964
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click to enlarge Another Sundance Film Festival is in the books, with all the attendant buzz, Park City gridlock, celebrity sightings and good old-fashioned movie love. Our critics covered 75 features over the 11 days of the festival; here’s a roundup of that coverage. THE BEST OF THE BEST click to enlarge Sundance Institute Queen of Hearts Queen of Hearts (World Dramatic) **** Queen of Hearts is centered on an incestuous relationship and is far more explicit than fellow Sundance feature Imaginary Order, but tone is everything; where the American movie is crass and twee, the Danish one is serious and morally demanding. In a great central performance, Trine Dyrholm plays a lawyer who represents rape and family-abuse victims, and is the second wife of a doctor (Magnus Krepper) who has a delinquent son (Gustav Lindh) by his first marriage. The slide into incest isn’t exactly psychologically persuasive—how could it be?—but the dynamics of this very … [Read more...] about Sundance 2019 Wrap-Up: 75 Movies in Brief
John D'Anna Arizona Republic Published 7:34 AM EST Jan 2, 2019 Dec. 25, 1931: The fates collaborated late yesterday afternoon, and as the result a baby girl abandoned on the desert 10 miles west of Superior had been given a temporary home in a Mesa maternity hospital while seven families of that valley city had offered permanent havens. Tire trouble of a homeward-bound Phoenix motorist, the restlessness of the motorists wife and the muffled cries that broke the desert’s usual vast stillness combined to save the tiny tot just as the approaching dusk heralded another anniversary of the Christ Child’s nativity. Without a clue as to the babe’s identity, peace officers throughout central Arizona were wondering last night who her parents might be, where they are now, and why the wee tot was left 150 feet from the highway in the cacti-studded wastes on the uplands beyond Florence Junction… —The Arizona Republic ◆ A day earlier, Dec. 24, 1931 It was … [Read more...] about ‘Hatbox Baby’ found on roadside is one of Arizona’s great mysteries
He Helped Build an Artists’ Utopia. Now He Faces Trial for 36 Deaths There. Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Max Harris did chores and collected rent at the artists’ warehouse where he lived. Now he faces trial for the deaths at a concert there — including some of his close friends. Max Harris at Santa Rita Jail. Credit Credit Katy Grannan for The New York Times Supported by ByElizabeth Weil Dec. 12, 2018 Once a week, Max Harris is allowed to leave his 6-by-12-foot cell to go outside. The first thing he does, before the other inmates arrive in the small cement yard in Santa Rita Jail, is run around and yell, “Safari!” as he picks up all the bugs — the furry moths with leopard spots, the grasshoppers in jade armor. He wants to move them out of harm’s way before other men in red-and-white-striped jumpsuits start playing basketball. Sometimes he’ll find a … [Read more...] about He Helped Build an Artists’ Utopia. Now He Faces Trial for 36 Deaths There.
Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Chapter 1 “Inmates Run This Bitch” Chapter 2 Prison Experiments Chapter 3 The CCA Way Chapter 4 “You Got to Survive” Chapter 5 Lockdown Chapter 1: “Inmates Run This Bitch” Have you ever had a riot?” I ask a recruiter from a prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). I take a breath. Am I really going to become a prison guard? Now that it might actually happen, it feels scary and a bit extreme. From the editor: Why we sent a reporter to work as a private prison guard I started applying for jobs in private prisons because I wanted to see the inner workings of an industry that holds 131,000 of the nation’s 1.6 million prisoners. As a journalist, it’s nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it’s usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. … [Read more...] about My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation