Academic journal article Journalism History

The Black Press in the Middle West, 1865-1985

Academic journal article Journalism History

The Black Press in the Middle West, 1865-1985

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Suggs, Henry, ed. The Black Press in the Middle West, 1865-1985. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996. 416 pp. $69.50.

When one thinks of black newspapers in the Midwest, the names that come to mind are usually the Chicago Defender, the Cleveland Call and Post, the Kansas City Call, the Michigan Chronicle and the Milwaukee Courier. The Black Press in the Middle West, 1865-1985, edited by Henry Lewis Suggs, provides the histories of scores of other black newspapers in the region, many short-lived, that attempted to plead the cause for blacks and be a medium through which blacks could express themselves.

The black press has never been monolithic and the its variety is clearly demonstrated in this book. This work, a follow-up to Suggs's Black Press in the South, 18651879, provides more information on the vibrancy of the black press in a region that attracted blacks to it before and immediately after the Civil War. Suggs, a professor of history at Clemson University, and nine other history and mass media scholars provide narrative histories of the black press in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The book reminds us that these newspapers had competitors who, in many cases, saw the world differently. …

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