At 05:57 PM 2010-03-15, Samara Freemark wrote:
>We're currently working on a story about a 1940s-era case in Mississippi. In
>1945, a black man named Willie McGee was arrested and accused of raping a
>white woman. Over the next six years, his case became a cause celebre:
>Einstein, Faulkner, Josephine Baker and others spoke out in support of
>McGee; there were protests in cities across the US and in Paris, China,
>Russia, and other countries. He was defended by the Civil Rights Congress
>(CRC), who hired Bella Abzug to argue the case. Eventually, McGee was
>executed in Mississippi's portable electric chair at midnight on the morning
>of May 8th, 1951.
That sounds like a fascinating and gut-wrenching story.
I'm sure you have thought of this, but just in case you haven't, this
material may come to you on a variety of media--all generally
recoverable--but do not be surprised if you are offered discs (large
16" ETs are a possibility), tapes (both paper and acetate based), and wires.
There may be other formats as well, but these were all fairly common.
One possibility (and I'm not aware of the timeline) would be
dictation belts or discs, also recoverable.
The point I'm making is do not turn down something even if it seems
to be on an oddball medium.
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