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Myiti Sengstacke Rice

Chicago Defender

Chicago Defender

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Robert Sengstacke Abbott had a vision, purpose, and a slogan that said it all: "American race prejudice must be destroyed."

In 1905, Abbott created the Chicago Defender with 25 and a dream in his landlady's kitchen. The Defender was a platform and voice for talents such as Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and W.E.B. DuBois. What began as a humble weekly grew into the largest and most influential Black newspaper in the country, inspiring roughly a million African Americans to leave the oppressive South for a better life in the North. Born in 1868 on the heels of the Reconstruction Era, Abbott--the son of former slaves--managed to influence the first two decades of the 20th century and was a major contributor to the prolific movement known as the "Great Northern Migration." Boasting a circulation of over 300,000 nationally, the Defender was secretly delivered by Pullman porters across the United States. By 1920, the paper's tagline read, "The World's Greatest Weekly." The story of the Defender is one of inspiration, struggle, triumph, and irreversible pathways being forged.

Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Rice, Myiti Sengstacke
Published: 09/03/2012
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
ISBN: 9780738561240
Pages: 127
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.50w x 0.50d
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