Robert S. Abbott, 1905

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEBSL000037" title="Robert S. Abbott" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/newspaper-magazine/robert-s.-abbott-PEBSL000037.topic">Robert S. Abbott</a>, founder of the Chicago Defender, became a scourge of Southern racism. Abbott not only founded the country's most influential African-American newspaper; through its pages he encouraged the great migration of blacks from opression in the rural South to relative freedom and economic opportunity in the urban North.
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Robert S. Abbott, founder of the Chicago Defender, became a scourge of Southern racism. Abbott not only founded the country's most influential African-American newspaper; through its pages he encouraged the great migration of blacks from opression in the rural South to relative freedom and economic opportunity in the urban North.

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