Virginius Dabney was a journalist, writer, historian, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. As the longtime editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch (1936–1969), he earned a name, at least at first, as a liberal reformer who targeted religious fundamentalists, prohibitionists, and machine politicians. His 1929 biography of, the Methodist bishop and prohibitionist, was so scathing it did not find a publisher until 1949, after Cannon’s death. His inclinations, however, often put him in disagreement with his publisher and with U.S. senator and his machine, the . In the 1930s, Dabney advocated a federal and opposed the , but following World War II (1939–1945) he generally supported segregation, a position that increasingly put him at odds with the liberal mainstream and the burgeoning civil rights movement. In 1956, Byrd called for against the U.S. Supreme Court-mandated , and Dabney reluctantly went along. His reputation among liberals plummeted. After retiring from the Times-Dispatch, he concentrated on writing history, completing a large one-volume history of Virginia in 1971 and a defense of against accusations that he had children with the enslaved .