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An Annotated Bibliography of Mary Mcleod Bethune’s Chicago Defender Columns, 1948-1955

When Mary McLeod Bethune started writing a regular, weekly public affairs column for The Chicago Defender, she had seen America from Reconstruction to the rise of the civil rights movement. She had stood down the Ku Klux Klan to lead people to the pulls after the ratification of the Woman’s Suffrage Amendment in 1920. She had advised US presidents. She had founded a college in the deep South and an organization for women in the nation’s capital. In the late in40’s until her death in the middle 1950’s, this distinguished educator and advocate wrote at least 300,000 words for the Defender. This annotated bibliography divides the columns into issue-oriented categories, and each section contains a brief abstract, followed by a list of citations and excerpts from that group of editorials. This volume will of interest to those working in the history of journalism, women’s studies, Black studies, and social issues.


"The Mary Bethune work is excellent in every way. Its content is rich, the topics covered are appropriate, and the style of writing is lucid. It is true that not much research has been done on Ms. Bethune, and this author’s treatment thus is long overdue. The prose at the beginning arouses the reader’s interest in the work. The bibliography which follows elucidates pertinent information on Ms. Bethune’s life and works. It was good to learn her candid opinions on various issues, including civil rights, communism, education, social ills, and the like. . . a superb scholarly work." Dr. Leonard Slade

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Preface; Foreword; Overview
The Categories: Women, Integration; Youth, Bethune Herself; Civil Rights; War and Military; Citizenship; Recognitions (People, Action, Ideas, Places, Events, Days); Called by the Spirit; Freedom; Negro Press; Religion, Christianity; Democracy; International, Peace; Bethune-Cookman College; Negro People The Race; Labor, Economics; National Council of Negro Women; Communism; Social Ills; Education