The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kathy Forde uncovers the history of Henry W. Grady

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Kathy Roberts Forde, associate professor of journalism, has published an article that uncovers the history of Henry W. Grady - one of the South’s most prominent white newspaper editors in the late 19th century. 

Forde worked with undergraduates Ethan Bakuli '19 and Natalie DiDomenico '20, majoring in journalism, to uncover the history of Grady’s influence on the South’s emerging industrial economy. Grady used his influence with politicians and business interests to build a white supremacist political economy and social order across the South that lasted well into the 20th century. 

The team researched various archives from the University of Georgia, Emory University, and the Atlanta History Center for the project.

"This work is a major intervention at the intersection of multiple fields of historical inquiry: journalism history, African American history, Southern history, labor history, and the history of the U.S. prison system/carceral state," Forde says.