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Freedom's BallotAfrican American Political Struggles in Chicago from Abolition to the Great Migration$
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Margaret Garb

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226135908

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226136066.001.0001

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Setting Agendas, Demanding Rights, and the Black Press

Setting Agendas, Demanding Rights, and the Black Press

(p.49) Two Setting Agendas, Demanding Rights, and the Black Press
Freedom's Ballot

Margaret Garb

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 2 describes the emergence of the black press and the rise of African American civic organizations and political clubs. It argues that newspapers like the Chicago Conservator, launched by editor and lawyer Ferdinand Barnett, helped set national political agendas and sought to define a cohesive set of interests for black Americans. The city's civic organizations, along with national groups like T. Thomas Fortune's Afro-American League, gave voice to black disillusionment with the Republican Party and aimed to create distinctly African American political organizations.

Keywords:   Newspapers, black press, Chicago Conservator, Ferdinand Barnett, T. Thomas Fortune, Republican Party, Afro-American League, political organizations, African American

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