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A well researched and accessible study situated within the growing field of black intellectual history, Ebony Magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr. is a major contribution to our understanding of what West aptly calls "black popular history."
West expertly chronicles how Ebony magazine and its executive editor Lerone Bennett Jr. shaped cultural perception of African American history.
Makes an important contribution not only to studies of African American periodicals and print culture, but [also] encourages us to think about the role magazines might play as venues for popular history.
I'm a historian of race, rights, and media. Much of my work focuses on the Black Press and histories of Black Chicago, although I've researched and taught broadly on modern American and European history.
I am the author of Ebony Magazine and Lerone Bennett Jr.: Popular Black History in Postwar America (University of Illinois Press, 2020), A House for the Struggle: The Black Press and the Built Environment in Chicago (University of Illinois Press, 2022), and Our Kind of Historian: The Work and Activism of Lerone Bennett Jr. (University of Massachusetts Press, 2022). I'm currently writing a history of the modern Black Press for Edinburgh University Press.
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