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Newspapers & Periodicals
The purpose of early African-American journalism was " 1) to define the identity of a people who had been stripped of their own culture in a hostile environment; 2) to create a sense of unity by establishing a network of communication among literate blacks and their white supporters throughout the country; 3) to examine issues from a black perspective; 4) to chronicle black achievements that were ignored by the American mainstream; and 5) to further the cause of black liberation" (Garland, 2006. "Journalism." Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, p. 1203).
Black Historical Newspapers
ProQuest Historical Newspapers-Black Newspapers offers primary source material essential to the study of American history and African-American culture, history, politics, and the arts. 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, and Cleveland Call and Post.
Magazines -- great for cultural topics (fashion, beauty, music, sports, food)
Covering 1825 to 1998, this resource searches 170 periodicals by and about African Americans include academic and political journals, and literary magazines.
, which was originally published by W.E.B. DuBois, who said "the object of this publication is to set forth those facts and arguments which show the danger of race predudice, particularly as manifested to-day..." (full article
Google's archive of Jet from 1950-2008. Jet is a weekly news magazine "its reputation for news and commentary on social events was best expressed by a character in a play by writer Maya Angelou, who claimed, 'If it didn't happen in Jet, it didn't happen anywhere'" (Encyclopedia of African-American Culture & History, 1175)
Negro Digest/Black World
Google's archive of Negro Digest, later named Black World, from 1961-1976. "An unabashed imitation of Reader's Digest, [Negro Digest] published general articles about African-American life, with an emphasis on racial progress (Encyclopedia of African-American Culture & History, 287)
Ebony Magazine Archives
Google's archive of Ebony from 1959-the 1990s. Intended as a "monthly glamour magazine...filled with pictures of prominent and successful blacks" (Encyclopedia of African-American Culture & History, 672).
Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.
Read the company history of the publisher of Ebony, Negro Digest/Black World, and Jet.
Primary Source Collections
Browse Primary Source Collections (ASU, UNCA and WCU). Click on Request to order print items from ASU or UNCA.
Sample Titles, Including E-Books:
Call Number: WCU GENERAL E185.53.W3 M66 2006
Publication Date: 2006-10-31
Hands on the Freedom Plow by
Call Number: WCU GENERAL E185.96 .H24 2010
Publication Date: 2010-09-30