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Unformatted text preview: Justin Gardner 3/21/08 Robert Abbott Robert S. Abbott was born in 1870 in Frederica, St. Simons Island, Georgia. He was the son of former slave parents, and studied the printing trade at Hampton Institute from 1892 to 1896. He received a law degree from Kent College of Law, Chicago in 1898, but because of race prejudice in the United States was unable to practice, despite attempts to establish law offices in Gary, Indiana, Topeka, Kansas, and Chicago, Illinois. Abbott founded “The Chicago Defender” on May 5, 1905. It was adequately nicknamed "The World's Greatest Weekly." The newspaper was the nation's most influential black weekly newspaper by the advent of World War I, with more than two thirds of its readership base located outside of Chicago. Abbott began his journalistic enterprise with an initial investment of 25 cents, a press run of 300 copies, and worked out of a small kitchen in his landlord's apartment. The first issues of The Defender were in the form of four-page, six column handbills and were filled with local news items gathered by...
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course SS 102 taught by Professor Strada during the Spring '08 term at West Liberty.
- Spring '08