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Defender : How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America: From the Age of the Pullman Porters to the

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“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.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 633.0
Genre: History, Political Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Author: Ethan Michaeli
Language: English
Street Date: March 6, 2018
TCIN: 53474771
UPC: 9781328470249
Item Number (DPCI): 248-72-4332

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