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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

John H. Young papers

Incoming letters, brochures, and newsletters, most addressed to John H. Young, an African American man, born in Georgia, who relocated to northern Illinois in 1910. The collection includes a typed letter (1914) from Ida B. Wells-Barnett asking for support of the Negro Fellowship League along with letters (1919-1920s) from his mother, brother and sisters in Georgia, asking about his Chicago