Letter to Caro Brown from John Shepperd, January 17, 1954

Title

Letter to Caro Brown from John Shepperd, January 17, 1954

Subject

Brown, Caro

Description

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from Texas. Graduate of Texas Woman's University.
Partial letter to Caro Brown from Texas Attorney General John Shepperd. Shepperd's letter praises Brown's tenacity and perseverance in continuing to report on the political corruption in Duval County. The letter mentions the threats that Brown and her daughter have faced, and the death of Brown's younger son. Only the 1st page of the letter is available.

Date

1/17/1954

Contributor

Brown, Caro; Shepperd, John

Rights

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Format

1 pg.

Language

en

Type

Letters
Manuscripts

Identifier

MSS044_letter_19540117

Is Part Of

MSS 044, Caro Brown Papers

Accrual Method

Gift

Provenance

Sparks, Mary K.

Rights Holder

Woman's Collection, Texas Woman's University, P.O. Box 425528, Denton, TX 76204.

Text

[Texas state seal] THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
OF TEXAS
AUSTIN 11, TEXAS
JOHN BEN SHEPPERD
ATTORNEY GENERAL
January 17, 1954


Mrs. Caro Brown
Alice Daily Echo
Alice, Texas

Dear Caro:
As I look back over the events of the past year in Duval County, I feel at a loss to register the high commendation you deserve for your outstanding work.
You have been in the peculiar, and precarious, position of both telling and living the Duval story; I’m sure few people outside Duval County realize that what you have done at the risk of your life, and that even your young daughter has lived under threats of physical mistreatment and violence. These things must have weighed heavily on you, knowing as you did the capabilities of the men who killed Bill Mason and Buddy Floyd. You worked under constant threat of libel suit, and under the terrible burden of bereavement in the loss of your find young son.
I think, too, that few people, even in Duval County, realize the almost untenable position you had had to occupy from the journalistic standpoint. Anywhere else in the country a reporter who aids the forces of law and order is credited with being completely impartial and fair. But in Duval County, where men have based a political system on the complete absence of law and order, anyone who aids the cause of law enforcement is denounced as “politically biased.” I have seen how conscientiously you have tried to abide by that insane preposterous code of “impartiality.”
I have admired the courage and determination with which you dug into the hidden facts behind daily events. I know how hard it was for you to face the sullen opposition of county government employees day after day in order to get information your readers wanted. Your painstaking [letter ends here]

Files

MSS044_letter_19540117.jpg

Collection

Citation

“Letter to Caro Brown from John Shepperd, January 17, 1954,” TWU Digital Exhibits, accessed June 18, 2024, http://exhibits.twu.edu/ex/items/show/226.