The African American Newspaper

Voice of Freedom

Author: Patrick S. Washburn,Medill School of Journalism

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810122901

Category: History

Page: 258

View: 3812

Winner, 2007 Tankard Award In March of 1827 the nation's first black newspaper appeared in New York City--to counter attacks on blacks by the city's other papers. From this signal event, The African American Newspaper traces the evolution of the black newspaper--and its ultimate decline--for more than 160 years until the end of the twentieth century. The book chronicles the growth of the black press into a powerful and effective national voice for African Americans during the period from 1910 to 1950--a period that proved critical to the formation and gathering strength of the civil rights movement that emerged so forcefully in the following decades. In particular, author Patrick S. Washburn explores how the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender led the way as the two most influential black newspapers in U.S. history, effectively setting the stage for the civil rights movement's successes. Washburn also examines the numerous reasons for the enormous decline of black newspapers in influence and circulation in the decades immediately following World War II. His book documents as never before how the press's singular accomplishments provide a unique record of all areas of black history and a significant and shaping affect on the black experience in America.

Finding and Using African American Newspapers

Author: Timothy N. Pinnick

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780944619858

Category: African American newspapers

Page: 71

View: 1797

Finally a book has come along that addresses the difficult topic of African American newspaper research. Are there actually black newspapers out there? How do I locate them? Is there much in them aside from obituaries? Finding and Using African American Newspapers demystifies the process of locating these newspapers and provides researchers with a plethora of tips and strategies on how to track down those genealogically rich social columns.

Freedom's Journal

The First African-American Newspaper

Author: Jacqueline Bacon

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739118948

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 325

View: 911

Freedom's Journal is a comprehensive study of the first African-American newspaper, which was founded in the first half of the 19th Century. The book investigates all aspects of publication as well as using the source material to extract information about African-American life at that time.

The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation

Author: Benjamin Fagan

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820349402

Category: History

Page: 186

View: 5854

The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation shows how antebellum African Americans used the newspaper as a means for translating their belief in black "chosenness" into plans and programs for black liberation. During the decades leading up to the Civil War, the idea that God had marked black Americans as his chosen people on earth became a central article of faith in northern black communities, with black newspaper editors articulating it in their journals. Benjamin Fagan shows how the early black press helped shape the relationship between black chosenness and the struggles for black freedom and equality in America, in the process transforming the very notion of a chosen American nation. Exploring how cultures of print helped antebellum black Americans apply their faith to struggles grand and small, The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation uses the vast and neglected archive of the early black press to shed new light on many of the central figures and questions of African American studies.

African-American Newspapers and Periodicals

A National Bibliography

Author: James Philip Danky,Maureen E. Hady

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674007888

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 740

View: 6942

The authentic voice of African-American culture is captured in this first comprehensive guide to a treasure trove of writings by and for a people, as found in sources in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. This bibliography contains over 6,000 entries.

Bibliographic Checklist of African American Newspapers

Author: Barbara K. Henritze

Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Com

ISBN: 0806314575

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 206

View: 6891

This book contains a complete checklist of African American newspapers identified in all major bibliographic sources--newspaper directories, union lists, finding aids, African American bibliographies, yearbooks, and specifically African American newspaper sources--a total of 5,539 newspapers. For reference purposes the text is arranged in tabular format under the following headings: newspaper title, city and state of publication, frequency of publication, dates, and sources. Newspapers are listed by state and city, which are in alphabetical order, then, by city, in alphabetical order by title. The papers are again listed alphabetically in the index, this time in a single, comprehensive list.--From publisher description.

The Defender

How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America

Author: Ethan Michaeli

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547560877

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 5180

“An extraordinary history…Deeply researched, elegantly written…a towering achievement that will not be soon forgotten.”—Brent Staples, New York Times Book Review “[This] epic, meticulously detailed account not only reminds its readers that newspapers matter, but so do black lives, past and present.”—USA Today Giving voice to the voiceless, TheChicago Defender condemned Jim Crow, catalyzed the Great Migration, and focused the electoral power of black America. Robert S. Abbott founded The Defender in 1905, smuggled hundreds of thousands of copies into the most isolated communities in the segregated South, becoming one of the first black millionaires in the process. His successor wielded the newspaper’s clout to elect mayors and presidents, including Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy, who would have lost in 1960 if not for TheDefender’s support. Drawing on dozens of interviews and extensive archival research, Ethan Michaeli constructs a revelatory narrative of race in America and brings to life the reporters who braved lynch mobs and policemen’s clubs to do their jobs, from the age of Teddy Roosevelt to the age of Barack Obama.

The Baltimore Afro-American, 1892-1950

Author: Hayward Farrar

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313305177

Category: History

Page: 220

View: 9464

Examines the Baltimore Afro-American from its founding in 1892 to the dawn of the Civil Rights Era in 1950.

African Americans and the Haitian Revolution

Selected Essays and Historical Documents

Author: Maurice Jackson,Jacqueline Bacon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134726139

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 4198

Bringing together scholarly essays and helpfully annotated primary documents, African Americans and the Haitian Revolution collects not only the best recent scholarship on the subject, but also showcases the primary texts written by African Americans about the Haitian Revolution. Rather than being about the revolution itself, this collection attempts to show how the events in Haiti served to galvanize African Americans to think about themselves and to act in accordance with their beliefs, and contributes to the study of African Americans in the wider Atlantic World.

Caribbean Crossing

African Americans and the Haitian Emigration Movement

Author: Sara Fanning

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814770878

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 4561

Shortly after winning its independence in 1804, Haiti’s leaders realized that if their nation was to survive, it needed to build strong diplomatic bonds with other nations. Haiti’s first leaders looked especially hard at the United States, which had a sizeable free black population that included vocal champions of black emigration and colonization. In the 1820s, President Jean-Pierre Boyer helped facilitate a migration of thousands of black Americans to Haiti with promises of ample land, rich commercial prospects, and most importantly, a black state. His ideas struck a chord with both blacks and whites in America. Journalists and black community leaders advertised emigration to Haiti as a way for African Americans to resist discrimination and show the world that the black race could be an equal on the world stage, while antislavery whites sought to support a nation founded by liberated slaves. Black and white businessmen were excited by trade potential, and racist whites viewed Haiti has a way to export the race problem that plagued America. By the end of the decade, black Americans migration to Haiti began to ebb as emigrants realized that the Caribbean republic wasn’t the black Eden they’d anticipated. Caribbean Crossing documents the rise and fall of the campaign for black emigration to Haiti, drawing on a variety of archival sources to share the rich voices of the emigrants themselves. Using letters, diary accounts, travelers’ reports, newspaper articles, and American, British, and French consulate records, Sara Fanning profiles the emigrants and analyzes the diverse motivations that fueled this unique early moment in both American and Haitian history.

The Burden

African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery

Author: Rochelle Riley

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814345158

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 200

View: 3158

Examines the continued emotional, economic, and cultural enslavement of African Americans in the twenty-first century.

A question of sedition

the federal government's investigation of the Black press during World War II

Author: Patrick Scott Washburn

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 7896

Details the efforts of Franklin Roosevelt and J. Edgar Hoover to suppress Black newspapers during World War II and the opposition of Attorney General Francis Biddle and others

Locking Up Our Own

Crime and Punishment in Black America

Author: James Forman, Jr.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374712905

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 7636

In recent years, America’s criminal justice system has become the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr., points out, however, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand why. Forman shows us that the first substantial cohort of black mayors, judges, and police chiefs took office amid a surge in crime and drug addiction. Many prominent black officials, including Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry and federal prosecutor Eric Holder, feared that the gains of the civil rights movement were being undermined by lawlessness—and thus embraced tough-on-crime measures, including longer sentences and aggressive police tactics. In the face of skyrocketing murder rates and the proliferation of open-air drug markets, they believed they had no choice. But the policies they adopted would have devastating consequences for residents of poor black neighborhoods. A former D.C. public defender, Forman tells riveting stories of politicians, community activists, police officers, defendants, and crime victims. He writes with compassion about individuals trapped in terrible dilemmas—from the men and women he represented in court to officials struggling to respond to a public safety emergency. Locking Up Our Own enriches our understanding of why our society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system in this country.

100 Years of Lynchings

Author: Ralph Ginzburg

Publisher: Black Classic Press

ISBN: 9780933121188

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

View: 527

Ginzburg compiles vivid newspaper accounts from 1886 to 1960 to provide insight and understanding of the history of racial violence.

Black Crescent

The Experience and Legacy of African Muslims in the Americas

Author: Michael A. Gomez

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521840958

Category: History

Page: 385

View: 6488

Beginning with Latin America in the fifteenth century, this book, first published in 2005, is a social history of the experiences of African Muslims and their descendants throughout the Americas, including the Caribbean. The record under slavery is examined, as is the post-slavery period into the twentieth century. The experiences vary, arguably due to some extent to the Old World context. Muslim revolts in Brazil are also discussed, especially in 1835, by way of a nuanced analysis. The second part of the book looks at the emergence of Islam among the African-descended in the United States in the twentieth century, with successive chapters on Noble Drew Ali, Elijah Muhammad, and Malcolm X, with a view to explaining how orthodoxy arose from varied unorthodox roots.

Black Entertainers in African American Newspaper Articles: An annotated bibliography of the Chicago defender, the Afro-American (Baltimore), the Los Angeles sentinel, and the New York Amsterdam news, 1910-1950

Author: Charlene B. Regester

Publisher: McFarland Publishing


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 711

View: 8730

All forms of American entertainment have been influenced by the participation of African Americans, and some forms have been invented by them, yet for much history that influence and those inventions went undocumented in the white press. For the first half of the twentieth century, the best coverage of blacks in entertainment-especially the developing motion picture industry-was in the newspapers published and circulated by the African American community. This annotated bibliography offers easy access to that coverage in four of the most influential black newspapers in the period from 1910 to 1950: the Chicago Defender, the Afro-American (Baltimore), the Los Angeles Sentinel and the New York Amsterdam News. The chronological arrangement allows the reader to trace developments in entertainment from the early days of motion pictures to mid-century. Quotations from the articles offer a taste of each newspaper's style, and extensive indexing provides quick access to names, titles, and subjects, making the book an invaluable aid to researchers.

Begin with the Past

Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Author: Mabel O. Wilson

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution

ISBN: 1588345696

Category: Architecture

Page: 142

View: 4073

"The Building of the National Museum of African American History and Culturetraces the making of this unparalleled museum. Founding director Lonnie G. Bunch III described it as "ten years in the making, and 100 years in the making," and Mabel O. Wilson explores that effort in her narrative. As she discovers, initial calls for a permanent place to collect, study, and present African American history and culture in the early twentieth century never got off the ground. In the late 1990s, the notion began to gain momentum from increasing public interest and Congressional support. In 2003 the museum was officially established. Yet the work of the museum was only just beginning. Wilson takes an in-depth look at the selection of the director, site, and architects in the years that followed. Rising on the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, the museum is a tiered bronze beacon inviting us to understand our past and embrace our future. Wilson explores how the "four pillars" of the museum's mission shaped its powerful structure, and she teases out the rich cultural symbols and homages layered into the design of the building and its surrounding landscape. This book is an important inside look at the making of a monument."

The African American Press in World War II

Toward Victory at Home and Abroad

Author: Paul Alkebulan

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739190776

Category: History

Page: 186

View: 1357

The African American Press in World War II: Toward Victory at Home and Abroad thoroughly explores the diverse nature of the wartime African American press at home and its groundbreaking international coverage. This effort enhanced the black press’s influence, increased interest in the press in general, and greatly improved circulation figures.