COMMEMORATING 185 YEARS OF THE BLACK PRESS IN AMERICA -- IN 2012
|Dr. Frankie Hutton, has taught American and African-American history at Howard
University, Montclair State University and Bowie State Univercity, and is the author of THE
EARLY BLACK PRESS IN AMERICA, co-author, editor of OUTSIDERS IN 19TH
CENTURY PRESS HISTORY, editor of Rose Lore: Essays in Cultural History and Semiotics
and another scholarly works. She has worked in industry and is a former journalist and
professor of mass media. In 1990, Hutton earned the Ph.D in American history at Rutgers
Excerpt from Review by P.Washburn:
The U.S. black press has been woefully underresearched by mass communications historians, and the
problem has been compounded by the fact that much of the research has been shallow and/or biased. It
simply is not dependable. Thus, it is of note when a study appears, such as Frankie Hutton's The Early
Black Press in America, 1827 to 1860. While the book is not without flaws, it provides solid, important data
that advances our knowledge of a significant era in American history.
In looking at the first 33 years of the black press, Hutton's goal is revisionist: to show that these newspapers
had more than the one unifying theme emphasized by other historians - the abolition of slavery. They also
were designed, she notes, "to uplift and vindicate people of color in the true spirit of American democracy."
Thus, the black press wrote regularly about women, soirees and style, social morality, and youth and offered
advice to readers on how to succeed in what was generally an unfriendly, discouraging environment. She
convincingly documents all of this.
In pointing out these topics, Hutton has not just added to our knowledge of the nineteenth century - she also
has rendered an important service for twentieth-century historians. Anyone examining black papers during
their peak of power in the World War II era, for example, cannot ignore the fact that while the press had
changed greatly since the 1800s in terms of its news function, it was still playing up the same topics as 100
years before. The advancement of women and social morality were prominently featured as were articles on
style, social events and children. Thus, her book provides clear evidence that a continuum in some topics has
existed from the earliest days of the black press, which helps to explain its content even after it became more
sensational around 1910...
...Hutton has made a substantial contribution to what is known about the black press. This is a book that will
be used heavily by other historians and should encourage further revision and research in the area.
Patrick S. Washburn
Excerpt from Review by M. Beasley:
"This anthology is one of a kind," writes Maurine H. Beasley, professor of journalism at the University of
Maryland. "It brings together articles dealing with the early black press, pioneer Jewish journalism,
Spanish-language newspapers, woman suffrage publications, and peace advocacy periodicals. Two additional
articles deal with the portrayal of marginal groups in mainstream publications - Chinese Americans and
Mormons. This work offers an unparalleled look at the way marginal groups developed their own journalism
to counter the prejudices and misconceptions of the white establishment press.
"The editors have performed a service to journalism/mass communication education by collecting material
that addresses questions of freedom of expression in religious matters as well as the domains of race and
Maurine H. Beasley
University of Maryland
OUTSIDERS has been republished and is available now: University of Wisconsin Press.
-F. Hutton Contributed the Chapter on West Virginia Statehood in the 3 vol. Series Uniting States edited by
Benjamin Shearer, 2004
-F. Hutton, "Cool Candor in a Conflict Prone profession: Reflections of Evelyn Cunningham as 1950's
Pittsburgh Courier Columnist" Anales del Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Vol 10, pp.67-86. Madrid:
Museo Nacional de Antropologia, 2004
-F. Hutton, "Rose Lore", Rowman-Littlefield Publishing Group: ISBN 0-7391-2667-9, 2008
-F. Hutton, "...Greatest Of My Dreams", Pearson Custom Publishing: ISBN 10: 0-558-21613-7, 2009
-F. Hutton, Limited Edition,"Rose Lore: Essays in Cultural History and Semiotics", UnCUT/VOICES
RESEARCH, PUBLISHED AND UNPUBLISHED:
-OUTSIDERS IN NINETEENTH CENTURY PRESS HISTORY, a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural anthology
edited, compiled and contributed to by Frankie Hutton and Barbara Reed. Published by The University of
Wisconsin Press, Madison, 2002.
-Book Review of Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the Nineteenth Century by Jane
Rhodes. Published in the American Historical Review, October 2001.
-Article contribution to HISTORY OF THE MASS MEDIA IN THE UNITED STATES, edited by Margaret
A. Blanchard, publiched by Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago, Illinois 1998. (Encyclopedia is a
comprehensive treatment of the history of mass media in America which covers newspapers, books,
magazines, motion pictures and radio.
-Presented refereed paper, "Evelyn Long Cunningham As Pittsburgh Courier Columnist" at American
Journalism Historian's Association meeting, Mobile, AL, October 1997.
-Chapter contribution "Afrocentric, Archetypical Perspectives: Four Black Female Journalists" to
textbook/reader WOMEN TRANSFORMING COMMUNICATION: GLOBAL INTERSECTIONS , edited
by Rush, Allen and Kaufman, published by SAGE, 1996.
-Book Review of The Black Abolitionist Papers, Vol. 3, The United States, 1830-1846, by C. Peter Ripley,
published in Journalism Quarterly, Vol. 70:2, Summer 1993.
-Review of Witness for Freedom: African American Voices on Race, Slavery and Emancipation, by C.
Peter Ripley, et al. In Journal of the Early Republic, 13 (Summer 1993): 279-280.
-THE EARLY BLACK PRESS IN AMERICA, 1827-1860; Book published by Greenwood Press in January
-A chapter in BIAGI'S MEDIA READER, 2nd ed., January 1993, on the origins of the Black Press in
-"Social Morality in The Antebellum Black Press",The Journal of Popular Culture,vol. 26, no. 2, Fall
-"The Gender Oppression View Reconsidered: The Antebellum Black Press and Women", published on
microfilm by the Educational Resources Center, Department of Education in 1990 as a result of AEJMC
paper competition (and presentation) Minneapolis, MN, August 1990.
INDUSTRIAL TRAINING PUBLICATIONS:
-Division Eight's Report Writing With Fidelity Workshop Booklet. Published privately by The MITRE
Corporation, Bedford, MA August, 1981.
-Attribution. Published privately and printed by The MITRE Corporation as an M-Series Document #82-40,
Bedford, MA, July, 1982.
-In conjunction with writer/editor responsibilities for the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School
(1984-1986), also researched and wrote subcourse booklets to teach and train U.S. Army Reserve
Components, officers and enlisted. These subcourses are now circulated Army-wide as a part of the Army
Correspondence Course Program. Examples of subcourses: Mobilization and Deployment Ministry;
Accommodating Religious Practices; Ministry on the Battlefield.
-Dr.Frankie Hutton, has taught American and African-American history at Howard University, Montclair
State University, Bowie State University, and is the author of THE EARLY BLACK PRESS IN AMERICA
and co-author, editor of OUTSIDERS IN 19TH CENTURY PRESS HISTORY. She has worked in
industry and is a former journalist and professor of mass media. Beginning in 1988 she served a term on a
gubernatorial-appointed state Commission: Sex Discrimination in the New Jersey Statutes. In 1990, Hutton
earned the Ph.D in American history at Rutgers University.
-New audio CD of THE EARLY BLACK PRESS IN AMERICA, 1827-1860 with actor David Nathan
Scott in MP3 format coming up in 2012.
-In 2012 Frankie Hutton produced with Peter Millrose and Monty Taylor audio book abridged
reading of Rose Lore: Essays in Cultural History and Semiotics.
-Presented a paper: "Black Support, Sympathy and Sacrifice with John Brown" at the 150th Year
Commemoration of John Brown's Raid at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. November 2009; Harper's
Ferry West Virginia.
-Public Lectures on the Esoteric Rose and the book Rose Lore: Essays in Cultural History and
Semiotics at the United Nations Friendship Club, November 2009, also at Abraxas Theosophical
Lodge, Southhampton, Pennsylvania.
-Public Lecture on the esoteric rose at the Maryland Theosophical Society, North Charles Street,
-Presented paper on West Virginia Statehood at the Holt Conference, West Virginia State Univ.,
Morgantown, April 2007.
-Frankie Hutton on February, 13, 2002, was interviewed by Steve Milowsky on "Close - Up
Foundation", a C-SPAN Program Commemorating 175 years of The Black Press in America.
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