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date: 02 April 2020

New Orleans, African American Newspapers inlocked

  • Keith Weldon Medley


Forged in the era of the American Civil War, New Orleans's African American newspapers impacted the course of journalistic history. Although varied in ideology, outlook, and language, these newspapers all fought for social justice and an end to slavery. The staff of these organs countered white supremacy and formed a bulwark for black education in a country that forbade slaves from learning to read and write. The black/Creole newspapers that emerged from the Civil War had different backgrounds, status, and geography. L’Union was French, the New Orleans Tribune and the Crusader were bilingual. The Black Republican was English only The publishers and editors were all classified as free people of color in Louisiana s antebellum caste system Many were veterans of the Civil War Despite an 80 percent literacy rate before the Civil War free people of color could not vote establish organizations without permission or patronize the city ...

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