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By Alice Dunnigan,Carol McCabe Booker,Simeon Booker

In 1942 Alice Allison Dunnigan, a sharecropper’s daughter from Kentucky, made her solution to the nation’s capitol and a occupation in journalism that at last led her to the White apartment. With Alone atop the Hill, Carol McCabe Booker has condensed Dunnigan’s 1974 self-published autobiography to entice a normal viewers and has further scholarly annotations that offer ancient context. Dunnigan’s dynamic tale finds her significance to the fields of journalism, women’s heritage, and the civil rights stream and creates a compelling portrait of a groundbreaking American.

Dunnigan recounts her youth in rural Kentucky as she struggled for a residing, telling bluntly and easily what lifestyles was once like in a Border kingdom within the first 1/2 the 20th century. Later she takes readers to Washington, D.C., the place we see her upward push from a typist in the course of global struggle II to a reporter. eventually she might develop into the 1st black lady reporter accepted to the White condominium; to trip with a U.S. president; credentialed by means of the home and Senate Press Galleries; permitted to the dep. of nation and the very best court docket; voted into the White condo Newswomen’s organization and the Women’s nationwide Press membership; and well-known as a Washington activities reporter.

a modern of Helen Thomas and a forerunner of Ethel Payne, Dunnigan traveled with President Truman on his coast-to-coast, whistle-stop journey; was once the 1st reporter to question President Eisenhower approximately civil rights; and supplied front-page insurance for multiple hundred black newspapers of almost each race factor ahead of the Congress, the federal courts, and the presidential management. right here she presents an uninhibited, unembellished, and unvarnished examine the terrain, the avid gamers, and the politics in a rough-and-tumble nationwide capital suffering to make its means via a nascent, postwar racial revolution.

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