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Since the early nineteenth century, African-Americans have turned to Black newspapers to monitor the mainstream media and to develop alternative interpretations of public events. Ronald Jacobs tells the stories of these newspapers—in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles—for the first time, comparing African-American and "mainstream" media coverage of racial crises such as the Watts riot, the beating of Rodney King, the Los Angeles uprisings and the O. J. Simpson trial. In an engaging yet scholarly style, Jacobs shows us why a strong African-American press is still needed today.
Introduction; 2. Race, media and multiple publics; 3. Historicizing the public sphere(s): New York, Los Angeles, Chicago; 4. The Watts uprisings of 1965; 5. The Rodney King beating; 6. Rodney King 1992; 7. Conclusion; Notes; References; Index.