Oral history interview with Russell J. Cowans, 1971


Cowans, Russell J (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Russell J. Cowans, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Russell J. Cowans : oral history, 1971; Oral history of Russell J. Cowans, 1971
In this interview, Cowans discusses his education and the jobs he held before becoming a newspaperman. He shares memories of racism he experienced at sporting events and the psychological affect journalism had on him. More generally, he details: the successes of the black press and the impact it has had on race relations in America; the treatment of minority news by the white press; the possible fu ture of the black press; and the differences between the black press in the North and the black press in the South.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Journalists; Sportswriters; African American press; African American journalists; African American sportswriters; African Americans--Civil rights; Chicago (Ill.); Detroit (Mich.); United States Race relations; Cowans, Russell J; Chicago defender
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 72 pages
Note (Biographical)
Russell J. Cowans was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 29, 1896. Cowans had a successful career as journalist, working primarily as a sports reporter and writing for various publications in Chicago and Detroit, Michigan. These publications included the Detroit Tribune, the Chicago Defender, the Michigan Chronicle, the Detroit News, and the Detroit Free Press.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on June 9, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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