ProQuest® Historical Newspapers Chicago Defender Winter 2006 Founded in 1905 Weekly newspaper from 1905 – 1956 Weekend & Daily (M – Th) 1956 - 1975 Digitizing 1909 – 1975 1905 – 1908 not available on microfilm or print Will digitize these years if they become available Chicago Defender
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Production Schedule (1909 – 1975)
The Defender urged equal treatment of black soldiers during World War I.
During World War II the Defender, like other black newspapers, protested the treatment of black servicemen and urged the integration of the armed forces.
The Defender reported on the major events of the Civil Rights movement, praising the decision in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education and reporting the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Not only did the Defender report on politics and editorialize on social issues, but it also covered sports, music – especially jazz – and other cultural events important to the African-American community
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