Book Notice: “African American News in the Baltimore Sun, 1870-1927” has not too long ago printed African American News in the Baltimore Sun, 1870-1927, compiled and edited by Margaret D. Pagan.   The ebook is 98 pages (ISBN: 9780806359335), and prices $21.95 (retail).

The ebook publicity on the net web page says:

“Though a number of entrepreneurs established newspapers for Baltimore’s giant antebellum free African American neighborhood (25,000 individuals in 1860, largest within the U.S. on the time), no points have survived. The Baltimore Afro American has lined the information of the town’s black inhabitants since 1892; nevertheless, historians and genealogists hoping to glean extra journalistic protection of life amongst ‘Allure Metropolis’s’ African People, earlier than or after the Afro, should look elsewhere. And that’s exactly what genealogist Margaret D. Pagan has got down to do on this ebook.

“Based in 1837, The Baltimore Solar printed quite a few articles characterizing native, nationwide, and worldwide occasions regarding and impacting folks of coloration. Starting with the Reconstruction yr of 1870, Margaret D. Pagan has carried out the yeoman’s job of scouring the newspaper for all such accounts and summarizing their contents by means of 1927. To cite historian Donna T. Hollie, who wrote the Foreword to the compilation, ‘The creator has chosen articles for this publication which give an expansive overview of experiences chronicling the African diaspora. For instance, the reader will study of the evolution of ‘Jim Crow,’ concerning housing and interstate journey. Additionally included are summaries masking sports activities, lynching, leisure, and political, instructional, financial and non secular actions. The accomplishments of well-known activists akin to Frederick Douglass, and lesser-known ones akin to Henry Highland Garnet, each Maryland born, are detailed.’

“Genealogists looking for Baltimore connections will recognize that Mrs. Pagan has additionally included references to marriage license candidates and obituaries. Obituaries, in fact, typically present particulars in regards to the decedent’s household and organizational connections. Among the many greater than 800 entries on this chronology, researchers will discover references to James B. Parker, the African American who subdued Leon Czolgosz, President McKinley’s murderer; conferences of Baltimore’s Brotherhood of Liberty, the precursor to the Niagara Motion and founding of the NAACP; and efforts to put in black academics in Baltimore’s segregated faculties for African People. For the researcher’s comfort, the creator has included a complete index to names and occasions referenced in her chronology. For all these attributes and Mrs. Pagan’s cautious consideration to element, African American Information within the Baltimore Solar, 1870-1927 should definitely be the place to begin for anybody focused on black historical past and family tree throughout the period below investigation.”

The contents are chronological choices from the Baltimore Solar newspaper.  There’s a title and topic index.


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