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Chip Off My Shoulder

Stokes, Thomas Lunsford

Published by Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1940
Condition: very good Hardcover
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22 cm, 561 pages, index, DJ soiled and worn, DJ edges worn and chipped, former owners's name inside front endpaper. Signed by the author. Thomas Lunsford Stokes, Jr. (November 1, 1898 - May 14, 1958) was a Pulitizer-prize winning American journalist. Thomas Stokes was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 1, 1898, to Thomas Stokes and Emma Layton, both descendants of colonial families. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1920 afters 3 years. He began his journalism career working as a reporter for Georgia newspapers and then moved to Washington in 1921, where he took dictation from reporters atUnited Press. He later worked as a copy editor and then as a reporter covering all aspects of Washington politics. He greeted the New Deal with enthusiasm and his coverage of the early days of Franklin D. Roosevelt's's administration brought him to the attention of theScripps-Howard newspaper chain, which hired him as its Washington correspondent in 1933. In 1937, the Amalgamated Clothing Woekers of America reprinted a series of his articles under the title Carpetbaggers of Industry to indict businesses that relocated to the South in search of lower-earning workers.His coverage of FDR's administration grew more critical over time. He won the Pulitizer Prize in 1939 for investigating how Kentucky politicians had corrupted the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to advance their own careers. He concluded the Kentucky WPA was "a grand political racket in which the taxpayer is the victim." Stokes and WPA Administrator Harry Hopkins traded charges for several days. The affair led indirectly to the passage of the Hatch Act. He authored an autobiography, Chip Off My Shoulder, in 1940.] A reviewer described him: "He is irreverent but not flip, ironic but not bitter, a hater of pretense and arrogance but not of people. Some of his 1941 reporting on the awarding of construction contracts provoked a contentious debate in the U.S. Senate. Stokes became a columnist for United Features Syndicate in December 1944. More than 100 newspapers ran his column. In 1947 he won the Raymond Clapper Award for general excellence in Washington reporting and crusading. He was honored again by the Raymond Clapper Memorial Association just before his death. Bookseller Inventory # 26111

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Title: Chip Off My Shoulder

Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ

Publication Date: 1940

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: very good

Dust Jacket Condition: fair

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First? Edition. First? Printing.

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