This week, the Chicago Defender, one of the most renowned black newspapers in America, will cease to produce a print edition. Though it will continue to publish online, the demise of the Defender as a physical object, a hundred and fourteen years after its founding, marks another sad milestone in the decline of print newspapers. The Defender’s reputation arose not only through the quality of its writing—Langston Hughes and Ida B. Wells were contributors—but also thanks to the political stances it took.
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