The Baltimore Afro-American: 1892-1950

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Traces the development of the Baltimore Afro-American, one of America's leading black newspapers, from its founding in 1892 to the dawn of the Civil Rights Era in 1950. It focuses on the Afro-American's coverage of events and issues affecting Baltimore's and the nation's black communities, particularly its crusades for racial reform in the first half of the 20th century. Farrar examines how the Afro-American grew and prospered as a newspaper and as a business. How and why the Afro-American conducted its news and ...

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Overview

Traces the development of the Baltimore Afro-American, one of America's leading black newspapers, from its founding in 1892 to the dawn of the Civil Rights Era in 1950. It focuses on the Afro-American's coverage of events and issues affecting Baltimore's and the nation's black communities, particularly its crusades for racial reform in the first half of the 20th century. Farrar examines how the Afro-American grew and prospered as a newspaper and as a business. How and why the Afro-American conducted its news and editorial crusades for a powerful local and national black community free of racial disabilities is discussed as well. He also evaluates whether or not the Afro-American succeeded or failed in its racial justice campaigns and to what extent these campaigns made a difference in the local and national black communities' struggle for racial equity. He asserts that the Afro-American was a black middle-class institution that wanted to shape its community according to bourgeois values, but it also broke ground by looking at class issues in the early 20th-century black community.

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A history of the newspaper from its founding to the dawn of the civil rights era, focusing on it as an institution and exploring its impact on African Americans and others in the city straddling the border between the North and the South. Farrar (history, Virginia State U.) describes how the owners and editors pursued their goals of improving racial justice while succeeding financially as a business. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

HAYWARD FARRAR is Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 Steady and Sure: The Afro-American's Business Advancement 1
2 But Slowly: The Afro-American and Black Education 29
3 Failure, Futility, and Frustration: The Afro-American as a Political Force 57
4 A Place to Work, a Place to Own, a Place to Live: The Afro-American's Crusade for Jobs, Business, and Housing 87
5 And Justice for All: The Afro-American's Crusade for Criminal Justice 111
6 Lifting as It Climbed: The Afro-American's Morality Crusades 131
7 Which Way for the Black Community?: The Afro-American Considers Washington, Du Bois, Garvey, and Communism 141
8 In War and Peace: The Afro-American Covers the World 157
9 A Public Place for Black Folk: The Afro-American's Civil Rights Crusades 177
Epilogue 195
A Note on Sources 201
Selected Bibliography 203
Index 213
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