Chicago Defender (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

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Historical Chicago Defender, ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender


This collection contains every issue of the newspaper the Chicago Defender published between 1910 to 1975, including all articles, illustrations, and advertisements. Each issue has been fully digitized and indexed. 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.

For citations for Chicago Defender content beginning with January 3, 1989 and full text content beginning with November 22, 1999, use Ethnic NewsWatch.

Dates covered

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

Type of coverage

Full-text, full-image newspapers.

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