Henry Lewis Suggs, Ph.D.
The Preeminent Scholar of the Black Press in America

P.B. Young, Newspaperman: Race, Politics, and Journalism in the New South, 1910-1962

250 pages. Originally published by the University of Virginia Press, 1988.

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"Historians have largely neglected the Guide and its editor. Henry Lewis Suggs, mainly using Young's personal papers (heretofore closed to scholars) and the files of the Guide, fills that historiographical void. ... The book will almost certainly remain the definitive study of P.B. Young."
- David B. Parker, The Journal of Southern History 56:3 (August 1990), 551-552.
"Another neglected figure in black history has been rescued from obscurity in this biography of Plummer Bernard Young. ... Suggs has thoroughly researched his subject."
- Theodore Kornweibel, Jr., The American Historical Review 95:3 (June 1990), 915-916.
P.B. Young, the son of a former slave, published the Norfolk Journal and Guide, a black weekly, for more than 50 years, until his death in 1962. From a circulation of a few hundred in 1909 to a circulation of 75,000 during the 1950s, the Guide became the largest black press in the South. This book explores P.B. Young's personal history and charts his positions on a variety of social issues.


Table of Contents


Chapter One: Halifax County, North Carolina

Chapter Two: Church Street, Norfolk

Chapter Three: Washingtonian Thought

Chapter Four: Washingtonian Militance

Chapter Five: Becoming a New Deal Democrat

Chapter Six: Battling the Depression

Chapter Seven: Race in a Time of Crisis

Chapter Eight: The War Years

Chapter Nine: Post-War Politics

Chapter Ten: Educational Reform

Chapter Eleven: Twilight Years



Selected Bibliography