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Ebony Magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr.Popular Black History in Postwar America$
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E. James West

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043116

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043116.001.0001

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Tell Us of Our Past

Tell Us of Our Past

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(p.31) Chapter 2 Tell Us of Our Past
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Ebony Magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr.
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E. James West

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043116.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the publication of Ebony’s first major “Negro History” series during the early 1960s, a feature which helped to formalise its role as an outlet for popular black history and signalled the emergence of Lerone Bennett, Jr. as a popular historian and public intellectual. The diverse ways in which Ebony’s audience and external critics engaged with the magazine’s series reveals the importance of Ebony’s role as a ‘history book’, but also how this role was contested by other black history outlets and organisations

Keywords:   Black Press, Black Print Culture, Black History Education, Ebony magazine, Lerone Bennett Jr., Serialisation

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