(Hall) Dec 28 2021
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About The Event
This biography of Charles K. McClatchy examines not only his career as the long-time editor of The Sacramento Bee but his influence on the history of Northern California. Charles Kenny McClatchy, better known as C.K. McClatchy, was born in 1858 and only twenty-five when he inherited the newspaper upon the death of his father. C.K. led The Bee into the 20th century by advocating for Progressive politics, crusading for labor rights, battling against government secrecy, abuses of public corruption, big mining and railroads, and defending the right to editorial freedom. But at times C.K. was a public drunk, a racist and often a misogynist. His focus on public health a century ago has a powerful relevance to our experience of COVID today.
Steven Avella, Catholic priest, historian and Ph.D,, is a Sacramento native who is currently a professor of American history at Marquette University. In addition to his biography of C.K. McClatchy, he is the author of books on the history of Sacramento and other works about the interactions of the Catholic Church with various communities.