Query: Harper Lee's father, Alabama journalism, and international topics ("Afghanistanism") in newspaper editorials

Dear Jhistorians, 

Doug Cumming just sent us a query from an Emory historian writing biography of Harper Lee:

 

Harper Lee's father was editor of weekly paper in Monroeville, Ala., in the 1930s and 40s, and a lot of his editorials were on international topics. The question is, was that unusual for a paper like that (e.g. small-town weekly, the South, the 30s?)

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