Old Delta Democrat Times Building
The Delta Democrat Times is a daily newspaper that has been published in Greenville, Mississippi since 1938. The paper was created when Hodding Carter merged the Delta Star, which he started in 1936, with the Democrat Times, which had been in publication since 1868. The paper was home to Carter's editorial columnns, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1946. His son Hodding Carter III took control of the paper upon his death. The first black editor of the paper, Donald V. Adderton, took over in 2000 and served until 2004.
Backstory and Context
Though a Democratic newspaper, the Delta Democrat Times in 1963 endorsed the Republican gubernatorial nominee, Rubel Phillips, who lost to the Democrat Paul B. Johnson, Jr. Carter, Jr. wrote that "Democrats see clearly that the Republican Party, once it gains power in Mississippi, will offer the kind of effective outlet for the feelings of most Mississippians that the isolated state Democrats (who renounce any connection with the national party) can never hope to produce. All that the state Democratic Party can offer is another four years of frustrated political impotence in national affairs and a never-never land existence within the state's borders."