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Author Michaeli, Ethan, author.

Title The Defender : how the legendary Black newspaper changed America : from the age of the Pullman porters to the age of Obama / Ethan Michaeli.

Publication Info. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor  New Shelf  071.7311 MIC    Lost and Paid
 PAS La Pintoresca Branch Non-Fiction    071.7311 MIC    Available
Description xx, 633 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Delphi on the prairie -- A defender of his race -- If you see it in "The Defender," it's so -- Getting the South told -- The Great Northern Drive -- The greatest disturbing element -- The bond of affections -- Reaping the whirlwind -- Bombing Binga -- Chicago vindicated -- The burdens of the future -- We'll take the sea -- Farewell, Chief -- Victory through unity -- Santa Claus and a World War -- Promises vs. performance -- The "Daily Defender" -- One vote per precinct -- A socratic gadfly -- A prayer for Chicago -- A dark hour in the life of America -- The last remains of nonviolence -- Victories are contagious -- Stick around for a while -- The roar of the El train.
Summary ""The story of the Chicago Defender is the story of race in the twentieth century." -- Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here Giving voice to the voiceless, the Chicago 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, and was dubbed a "Modern Moses," 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 The Defender's support. Along the way, its pages were filled with columns by legends like Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, and Martin Luther King. 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Chicago defender -- History.
African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Newspapers.
African American newspapers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History.
African American press -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History.
ISBN 9780547560694 hardcover
0547560699 hardcover

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