The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America

The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America

Ethan Michaeli


“An remarkable history…Deeply researched, elegantly written…a towering fulfillment that won't be quickly forgotten.”Brent Staples, New York occasions e-book Review
 
Giving voice to the unvoiced, the Chicago Defender condemned Jim Crow, catalyzed the nice Migration, and concentrated the electoral strength of black the US. Robert S. Abbott based The Defender in 1905, smuggled thousands of copies into the main remoted groups within the segregated South, and used to be dubbed a "Modern Moses," changing into one of many first black millionaires within the strategy. His successor wielded the newspaper’s clout to opt for mayors and presidents, together with Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy, who may have misplaced in 1960 if no longer for TheDefender’s help. alongside the way in which, its pages have been full of columns by way of legends like Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, and Martin Luther King.

Drawing on dozens of interviews and wide archival learn, Ethan Michaeli constructs a revelatory narrative of race in the United States and brings to existence the newshounds who braved lynch mobs and policemen’s golf equipment to do their jobs, from the age of Teddy Roosevelt to the age of Barack Obama.

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