The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America by Ethan Michaeli

This non-fiction book came in at just over 500 pages, but I am glad to have read it. This book was a selection by the McLean County Museum of History and Bloomington Public Library for the history book club.

This book focused on the history of the newspaper founded by Robert Abbott in the late 19th century, and the African American history Abbott sought to enlighten and uplift. But one could not escape learning about the history of Chicago, and notable African Americans who impacted both their community and the nation.  I know I didn’t say much about this book, but it is well worth reading.