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Re: Chicago Defender for News of Other States

The Defender, along with a number of other black papers, routinely carried news of in-state and out-of-state communities provided by a local correspondent.

This practice really picked up during the Great Migration, but was quite active prior to that period. It undoubtedly boosted circulation as migrants in their new surroundings and could easily read about what was going on back home.

These columns are called social columns but I will often use the word community vs social since it more aptly describes them. They are extremely valuable and I have been extracting these columns out of a number of papers for a few years now since they can be a bit challenging to locate--even in digitized papers.

The link below is where you can find over 5,000 of these listings; I have more but just have not had the time to enter them into the database and upload. However, this should give researchers a good idea of the huge number of communities that sent in columns.

Once you are taken to the webpage, the links to the social column listings are at the bottom of the page.

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Chicago Defender for News of Other States
Re: Chicago Defender for News of Other States

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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