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Historic Newspapers and Recipes

Historic Newspapers and Recipes

Pittsburgh Courier Distributor, Chicago, Illinois, 1941, Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Pittsburgh Courier Distributor, Chicago, Illinois, 1941, Courtesy of the Library of Congress

After the results of the 2016 presidential election, some have criticized news outlets as biased and out of touch with mainstream North America. Some of us have known that for a long time. Since the turn-of-the-century African-Americans have depended on black owned and operated newspapers to remain informed about the struggle for justice and equality in this country. Neighborhoods had local distributors of papers who sold subscriptions to and delivered copies of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pittsburgh Courier, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Defender, The New Journal & Guide, The Afro-American, and the New York Amsterdam News to their customers. The Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers also published and sold their own newspapers. These newspapers also published recipes.

Lentil Soup Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups lentils

water

1 onion

salt

Pepper

butter

1 teaspoon flour

Instructions

2 cups lentils washed and soaked in cold water overnight. Cook slowly for two to three hours with an onion added. Strain away excess water and put another onion in the soup. Add salt, pepper, butter, and 1 teaspoon of flour to make the soup smooth.

The Chicago Defender, March 30, 191

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