Robert Sengstacke Abbott: A Man, a Paper, and a Parade

Robert Sengstacke Abbott: A Man, a Paper, and a Parade

by Susan Engle


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Robert Sengstacke Abbott: A Man, a Paper, and a Parade is the biography of Robert Abbott, who founded The Chicago Defender, one of the first influential newspapers for African Americans, in 1905. Through the medium of this publication, Robert Abbott was able to uplift and inspire generations of African Americans and to encourage them to fight for equality during a time when many were deprived of basic freedoms and were under the thumb of Jim Crow Laws. Inspired by the descriptions in The Chicago Defender and other newspapers of life in the northern United States, many African Americans journeyed north and found ways to escape the unjust laws that had oppressed them in the southern states. This is the first title in the newly launched Change Maker Series from Bellwood Press. Books in this series are aimed at middle grade readers and tell the stories of dynamic individuals who made a difference by dedicating their lives to bringing about social change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618511355
Publisher: Baha'i Publishing Trust, U.S.
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Change Maker Series
Edition description: None
Pages: 90
Sales rank: 481,103
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Susan Engle earned a BFA in Theater Arts from Denison University in 1972—which included an apprenticeship at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City—and began to work as a stage manager for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra the following year. After her twin daughters were born in 1973, Susan began writing songs and poems for children. In partnership with friends and family, she published more than seventy over the years, including several award-winning music CDs such as Come and Sing and Loving Hands that were written especially for children and families. Since her retirement in 2017, Susan has been writing and publishing tiny books. To see them and read her poetry, visit She currently resides in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction xi

1 A Difficult Beginning 1

2 Happy Days 5

3 What Shall I Do? 13

4 A Twenty-Five Cent Start 27

5 African Americans on the Move 33

6 A Dangerous Business 37

7 His Proudest Possession 45

8 Search for a Church 55

9 Courageous Defender 65

Timeline 75

Notes 77

Bibliography 87

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Robert Sengstacke Abbott: A Man, a Paper, and a Parade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 11 months ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite The written word is a powerful tool. Used carefully and effectively, it can change the way the world looks at specific issues. Robert Sengstacke Abbott was well aware of the power of the written word, having helped his step-father produce a community paper in Georgia. Born into a black family with a lengthy history of slavery and survival, Robert followed his step-father’s ideal of helping others, both black and white, and particularly teaching the black population so they wouldn’t be taken advantage of. Robert taught for a while, studied law, and finally started his own newspaper, The Chicago Defender, using mere pennies and doing all the work himself to get the first issues on the street. From its meager beginnings, this newspaper spoke loud and clear about equal rights for everyone. At one point, Robert was so outspoken that it wasn’t safe for him to visit the southern states where white dominant factions plotted his demise. From pennies to fortune, Robert never forgot his heritage and always shared his financial successes with those in need. Susan Engle’s children’s biography, Robert Sengstacke Abbott: A Man, a Paper, and a Parade, is both historically fascinating and inspirational. This is a story that all children should read or have read to them. Stories about amazing people in our past, both black and white, need to be shared in a similar awesome style to give young people examples to look up to. The story is well told, with interesting illustrations and anecdotes. Resources are provided at the end of the book to encourage young readers to study further, including a Timeline, Notes, and a concise Bibliography. A wonderful story told with passion.