Slate on the photo that defined Boston


Today's iteration of Slate features a slideshow based on The Soiling of Old Glory, Louis Masur's new book on the Stanley Forman photograph (shown above) that cemented Boston's reputation as a racist city. Take a look. There's a lot of interesting material there--including the fact that the editors of the old Boston Herald American considered not running the photo in question.

"The Herald-American editors vigorously debated whether publishing the photograph would further inflame an already explosive racial situation that had made national headlines for nearly two years," Masur explains. "They feared reprisals and increased violence. In the end, they published, believing the image was too important to suppress."

They were right, of course.

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