P. D. East
The Invisible Press. Dylan T. Lovan, Jackson Sun (n.d/ 03). Mentions East & Petal Paper only in passing, but provides rich contextual detail on press coverage of civil rights struggle in 50's & 60s.
Mississippi Journalists, the Civil Rights Movement & the Closed Society. David R. Davies, paper to American Journalism Historians' Association (1994). Includes appreciation of East's brave work & that of Hodding Carter Jr., Hazel Brannon Smith, Ira B. Harkey Jr. & J. Oliver Emmerich.
The Citizens Councils. From George Thayer, The Farther Shores of Politics (1967). See for remarks toward the end on their view of East as threat to Mississippian way of life.
On the Web: Specialized Sites
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
East, P.D. Editorial Reprints from the Petal Paper, Petal, Mississippi, & Personal Comments (Hattiesburg MS: PD East, 1959).
__________. The Magnolia Jungle: The Life, Times & Education of a Southern Editor (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1960).
Huey, Gary. Rebel with a Cause: P.D. East, Southern Liberalism & the Civil Rights Movement, 1953-1971 (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 1985).
Kneebone, John T. Southern Liberal Journalists & the Issue of Race (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 1985).