Giving voice to the voiceless, the Chicago 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, and was dubbed a "Modern Moses," 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 the Defender's support. Along the way, its pages were filled with columns by legends like Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, and Martin Luther King Jr.Drawing on dozens of interviews and extensive archival research, Ethan Michaeli constructs a revelatory narrative of race in America from the age of Teddy Roosevelt to the age of Barack Obama and brings to life the reporters who braved lynch mobs and policemen's clubs to do their jobs.
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"Narrator William Hughes brings a keen awareness of the importance of this monumental audiobook. His clear and modulated performance works well for this account of the glory days of THE DEFENDER, giving listeners a sense of how this preeminent African-American newspaper achieved its fame. Equally significant, it reveals how its original editor, Robert S. Abbott, championed the African-American mass migration from the South to the cities of the North. Under Abbott and then under his nephew, John H. Sengstacke, who succeeded Abbott in 1940, THE DEFENDER never wavered from its support of black Americans, presenting in editorials and articles their plight in the South and their unequal treatment in the military. This is a remarkable audiobook. A.D.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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