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ProQuest to Digitize Historical African-American Newspaper

ProQuest Information and Learning announced an expanded agreement with publisher Real Times, Inc. to digitize historical content from The Chicago Defender, an influential national African-American newspaper. When the database is complete, it will be available online from 1909 through 1975 both in ProQuest's forthcoming Black Studies Center and in ProQuest Historical Newspapers. The database will launch later this year.

Founded in 1905, The Defender became the most influential black newspaper before World War I, with more than half of its circulation outside of its home base in Chicago. The Chicago Defender content will allow researchers to study many significant events in American history that received only cursory attention from other newspapers. The Defender strongly advocated for equality among all races. During World War I, it successfully urged African-Americans to leave the segregated South to work in the industrial North. It covered the Red Summer Riots of 1919, editorialized for anti-lynching legislation, and published Walter White and Langston Hughes, as well as early works of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks.

The ProQuest Historical Newspapers project encompasses newspapers with deep historical value for researchers in various fields. The Chicago Defender will join other U.S. newspapers already in the ProQuest program: TheNew York Times, TheWall Street Journal, TheChristian Science Monitor, TheWashington PostChicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, TheBoston Globe, and The Atlanta Constitution. All of the newspapers are cross-searchable within the ProQuest interface.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

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