Chicago Defender (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

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Historical Chicago Defender, ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender

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Includes the full image of articles published in the Chicago Defender from 1910 to 1975. The Chicago Defender was the most influential African-American newspaper of the 20th century. With the majority of its readership outside the Chicago region, it served as the de facto national black newspaper in the U.S. You can browse individual issues by clicking Publications at the top of the screen, or search by keyword(s), author(s), article title, date ranges, and more. Includes illustrations and advertisements.

For coverage beginning with January 3, 1989, use Ethnic NewsWatch.


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Dates covered

July 31, 1909; January 1, 1910-December 31, 1975.

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Full image.

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related resources

Chicago Defender (print not available at Rutgers)

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Chicago Defender / ProQuest Historical Newspapers

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