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Oral history with Mrs. Betty W. Carter, publisher, The Delta Democrat Times

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Creator:Carter, Betty Werlein
Creator:Caudill, Orley B.
Title:Oral history with Mrs. Betty W. Carter, publisher, The Delta Democrat Times
Date:1977 Aug. 17

Oral history. Interview conducted on August 17, 1977 with Mrs. Betty Carter at her home in Greenville, Mississippi. Carter was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Newcomb College where she met her husband, Hodding Carter. Together they established two newspapers and purchased the third. "In their first newspaper, The Courier, established in Hammond, Louisiana, the Carters were known for opposing Huey P. Long. Opposing Long led to the downfall of the Carters' first newspaper and their move out of Louisiana. Betty Carter served as the first advertising manager of their second newspaper, The Delta Star. The Carters eventually bought out the other local paper in Greenville, Mississippi to create the Delta Democrat Times. During the civil rights movement in the South, their paper became a voice of moderation in the South. This policy forced Carter and her husband to live under threats and in a state of tension for years.

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Types:Transcripts | Oral histories | Text
Subjects:Carter, Betty Werlein | Carter, Hodding, 1907-1972 | Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935 | Journalists--Mississippi--Greenville--Interviews | Journalists--Mississippi--Washington County--Interviews | Civil rights--Mississippi--Greenville | Civil rights--Mississippi--Washington County | American newspapers--Louisiana--Hammond | American newspapers--Mississippi--Greenville | American newspapers--Mississippi--Washington County | Men--Mississippi--Greenville | Men--Mississippi--Washington County | Women--Mississippi--Greenville | Women--Mississippi--Washington County | Married people--Mississippi--Greenville | Married people--Mississippi--Washington County | Wives--Mississippi--Greenville | Wives--Mississippi--Washington County | Husbands--Mississippi--Greenville | Husbands--Mississippi--Washington County | Violence--Mississippi--Greenville | Violence--Mississippi--Washington County | Harassment--Mississippi--Greenville | Harassment--Mississippi--Washington County | Intimidation--Mississippi--Greenville | Intimidation--Mississippi--Washington County | Civil rights movements--Mississippi--Greenville | Civil rights movements--Mississippi--Washington County | Newspaper editors--Mississippi--Greenville | Newspaper editors--Mississippi--Washington County | Relocation (Household moving)--Louisiana--Hammond | Relocation (Household moving)--Mississippi--Greenville | Relocation (Household moving)--Mississippi--Washington County | Advertising executives--Mississippi | Newcomb College | The Delta Democrat-times | Delta star (Greenville, Miss.) | United States, Mississippi, Washington County, 33.300147, -90.943847 | United States, Mississippi, Washington County, Greenville, 33.4101161, -91.0617735
Collection:USM Oral History
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
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Mississippi Oral History Program of the University of Southern Mississippi, vol. 150, McCain Library, University of Southern Mississippi.

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