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Too good a town : William Allen White, community, and the emerging rhetoric of middle America

Author: Edward Gale Agran
Publisher: Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For Fifty Years, William Allen White, first as a reporter and later as the long-time editor of the Emporia Gazette, wrote of his small town and its Mid-American values. By tailoring his writing to the emerging urban middle class of the early twentieth century, he won his "gospel of Emporia" a nationwide audience and left a lasting impact on the way America defines itself. Investigating White's life and his extensive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Agran, Edward Gale, 1949-
Too good a town.
Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 1998
(OCoLC)607119974
Named Person: William Allen White; William Allen White
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Gale Agran
ISBN: 1557285209 9781557285201 1557285217 9781557285218
OCLC Number: 38948372
Description: 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Simple Points --
Ch. 1. "Too Good a Town": White, Community, and Rhetoric --
Ch. 2. The Progressive Promise I: Portraying the Idyllic Community --
Ch. 3. The Progressive Promise II: Politicking for the Ideal --
Ch. 4. Fashioning the Model American Community --
Ch. 5. Raising Middle American Barricades: Smith, Depression, and War --
Ch. 6. Forging a Middle American Ethos.
Responsibility: Edward Gale Agran.

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For Fifty Years, William Allen White, first as a reporter and later as the long-time editor of the Emporia Gazette, wrote of his small town and its Mid-American values. By tailoring his writing to the emerging urban middle class of the early twentieth century, he won his "gospel of Emporia" a nationwide audience and left a lasting impact on the way America defines itself. Investigating White's life and his extensive writings, Edward Gale Agran explores the dynamic thought of one of America's best-read and most-respected social commentators. Agran shows clearly how White honed his style and transformed the myth of conquering the western frontier into what became the twentieth-century ideal of community building.

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