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The Power of the Press (the 1940s)

Mark Clague

in The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520251311
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933811 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251311.003.0012
The Power of the Press (the 1940s)

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In February 1940, Adams took over as owner, publisher, editor, and roving reporter for one of St. Thomas's historic newspapers, the Bulletin. The paper had one important advantage over its rivals: Adams's trusted position as welcoming coordinator for the islands' governor gave him valuable access to visiting politicians and celebrities as he was frequently able to combine his hosting duties with interviews. Thus the Bulletin could scoop its competitors and offer unique perspectives on local happenings. Adams created what appears to be the navy's first documented and official racially integrated band by combining eight of his former band members with an all-white unit already stationed at Guantánamo. This chapter's characterization of government as full of intrigue and interference disrupting sincere effort not only underscores the islands' precarious situation as a territorial dependent but also helps explain Adams's own decision to support local officials while refraining from running for office himself.

Keywords: newspaper; local happenings; publisher; the Bulletin; territorial dependent

Chapter.  14235 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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