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Chicago Defender Archives Individuals Files

Founded by Robert S. Abbott in 1905, the Chicago Defender is one of America's longest-running African American newspapers. The Defender is best known for having spurred the Great Migration of African Americans from the southern United States to the nation's urban centers in the north—especially Chicago—during the first decades of the 20th century. The Defender also paved the way for

Inquiring Nuns Film Project elements

"Inquiring Nuns" is a 66-minute, 1968 film by Kartemquin founders Gordon Quinn and Gerald Temaner. Two young nuns explore Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute and in front of churches on Sunday, confronting people with the crucial question, ""Are you happy?"" The humor and sadness of these honest encounters lift the film beyond its interview format to a

Stepin Fetchit collection

Stepin Fetchit (Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry) remains one of the most controversial movie actors in American history. While Stepin Fetchit was undoubtedly one of the most talented physical comedians ever to do his shtick on the Big Screen, achieving the rare status of being a character actor-supporting player who actually achieved superstar status in the 1930s, his characterization as