The Afro-American Press and Its Editors
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The Afro-American Press and Its Editors

Afro-American Press and Its Editors is a book published in 1891 written by Irvine Garland Penn. Penn covers African-American newspapers and magazines published between 1827 and 1891.[1] The book covers many aspects of journalism, and devotes a chapter to black female journalists.[2] Penn believed that the black press played a crucial role in presenting the case to the broader American population that black people were fit for the full benefits of citizenship.[3]

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The book is frequently referenced as an important early work on African-American journalism. John Ernest called Penn's book comprehensive and detailed and the foundation of many later studies. Penn wrote in part to encourage blacks to support black papers.[4] Charles A. Simmons writes that Penn's book along with Armistead S. Prides, A Register and History of Negro Newspapers in the United States: 1827-1950 and Warren Brown's Check List of Negro Newspapers in the United States (1827-1946) are essential starting points for understanding the early history of African American newspapers.[5]

List of individuals profiled in book

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List of newspapers and magazines profiled in book

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  1. ^ Simons, William M., and Alvin L. Hall, eds. The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2002. Vol. 6. McFarland, 2003, p. 217.
  2. ^ Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks, The Black Church, in West, Cornel, and Eddie S. Glaude, eds. African American religious thought: An anthology. Westminster John Knox Press, 2003, p. 198.
  3. ^ Hornsby Jr, Alton, ed. A companion to African American history. John Wiley & Sons, 2008, pp. 334-335.
  4. ^ Ernest, John. Liberation historiography: African American writers and the challenge of history, 1794-1861. University of North Carolina Press, 2004, p. 276.
  5. ^ Simmons, Charles A. African American press: a history of news coverage during national crises, with special reference to four black newspapers, 1827-1965. McFarland, 2006, p. 2.

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