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ProQuest Historical Black Newspapers offer essential primary source content and editorial perspectives of the most distinguished African American newspapers in the U.S. Each of the ten Historical Black Newspapers provides researchers with unprecedented access to perspectives and information that was excluded or marginalized in mainstream sources. The content, including articles, obituaries, photos, editorials, and more, is easily accessible for scholars in the study of the history of race relations, journalism, local and national politics, education, African American studies, and many multidisciplinary subjects. Examine major movements from the Harlem Renaissance to Civil Rights, and explore everyday life as written in the Chicago Defender, The Baltimore Afro-American, New York Amsterdam News, Pittsburgh Courier, Los Angeles Sentinel, Atlanta Daily World, The Norfolk Journal and Guide, The Philadelphia Tribune, Cleveland Call and Post, and Michigan Chronicle.

Each of the ten Historical Black Newspapers are cross-searchable with all other ProQuest Historical Newspapers–including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times and The Guardian–allowing researchers to evaluate history from multiple points view from various places throughout the world.

The ProQuest platform offers powerful and easy-to-use tools, including complete cover to cover full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format, and the ability to search many different article types.

Full access to a leading voice of the black community

Users can study the progression of issues over time by browsing issues of the historic newspaper. These newspapers are an excellent record of fine points and facts that are overlooked elsewhere.

Local Perspectives from Multiple Sources

Search and browse local perspectives on regional, national and international affairs providing insight into views, people and events where they happen, when they happen.

Cover-to-cover Searchable Access

Beyond feature articles and breaking stories, users can find newspaper editorials, advertisements, cartoons, obituaries, birth records, marriage records, and classified ads that provide valuable information and contextual understanding into centuries of primary sources.

Research Across Large Spans of Time

Provides a comprehensive record of how stories unfold–and continue to unfold–over years and decades.



User-friendly support tools to facilitate research

Offered on the intuitive ProQuest platform, users benefit from the ability to search by more than 20 article types, keyword, date ranges, specific dates, author, and more. They can also focus on relevant information quickly with hit-term highlighting and download articles and images in PDF format.

Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)
The Atlanta Daily World had the first black White House correspondent and was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century.

The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988)
The most widely circulated black newspaper on the Atlantic coast. It was the first black newspaper to have correspondents reporting on World War II, foreign correspondents, and female sports correspondents.

Chicago Defender (1910-1975)
A leading African American newspaper, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago.

Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991)
Founded by Garrett Morgan, inventor of the gas mask and traffic light. Contributors included noted journalists Charles H. Loeb and John Fuster. The newspaper is well known for its support of the Scottsboro trial defendants with letters, clothing, stamps, and donations to the defense fund.

Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
The oldest and largest black newspaper in the western United States and the largest African American owned newspaper in the U.S.

Michigan Chronicle (1936-2010)
The Michigan Chronicle, founded in 1936, has continued to be a leading voice for Blacks in Detroit and beyond. Michigan Chronicle played a pivotal role in civil rights of the 20th century including its involvement in negotiations at the Attica Prison Riots in 1971 and its coverage of STRESS, the Detroit Police Department’s undercover unit that targeted African Americans and resulted in the death of 22 Black men.

New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)
The leading Black newspaper of the 20th century reached its peak in the 1940s. The Amsterdam News was a strong advocate for the desegregation of the U.S. military during World War II, and also covered the historically important Harlem Renaissance.

The Norfolk Journal and Guide (1916-2003)
The only black newspaper to provide on-the-scene, day-to-day coverage of the Scottsboro trial, and was one of the best researched and well written black newspapers of its time.

The Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
The oldest continuously published black newspaper, is dedicated to the needs and concerns of the fourth largest black community in the U.S. During the 1930s the paper supported the growth of the United Way, rallied against the riots in Chester, PA, and continuously fought against segregation.

Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)
One of the most nationally circulated Black newspapers, the Pittsburgh Courier reached its peak in the 1930s. A conservative voice in the African American community, the Pittsburgh Courier challenged the misrepresentation of African Americans in the national media and advocated social reforms to advance the cause of civil rights.

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