Date of Award

January 1939

Degree Type



This study seeks to show the editorial attitude of the Atlanta Constitution on the Negro question 1886-1889, with special emphasis upon social, political, economic, religious and educational questions. The years 1886-1889 were chosen because it was during this period that Henry Woodfin Grady was actively associated with this paper in an editorial capacity. He was at this time hailed throughout the country as the exponent of the New South. The newspaper career of Grady started while he was a student at the University of Georgia. He wrote a gossipy letter and contributed it to the Atlanta Constitution. The editor saw from this letter the future possibilities of Grady as a writer. From that time on he wrote regularly for the Constitution. In 1886 Grady bought an interest in the Atlanta Constitution . It was under Grady's direction that this paper attained the fame which it has since so well maintained.