The Citizenship Project

One of the rights African Americans gained as a result of the Civil War was the right to free expression. Rather than relying on the newspapers of the day to carry their stories and the stories that interested them, black Tennesseans started their own newspapers. Over the years, these papers were read by black and white Tennesseans alike. They covered issues from the perspective of the African-American community–issues such as voting rights, education, segregation, migration, and black culture in general.

The Citizenship Project explores the history around citizenship in the U.S. between the end of the Civil War and the Civil Rights era. For many U.S. citizens, the rights of citizenship were not automatically granted but involved struggles that took decades or more. Many of these battles occurred during the 100 years between the Civil War and the mid-20th century. These stories are largely unknown; Nashville Public Television's goal is to tell these stories.


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Tennessee Voices Lifted | The Citizenship Project

African Americans gained from the Civil War was the right to free expression.

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Trailer | The Early Black Press | Tennessee Voice
Ida B. Wells | The Early Black Press | NPT
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Ida B. Wells | The Early Black Press | NPT
Streetcar Boycott | The Early Black Press | NPT
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Streetcar Boycott | The Early Black Press | NPT

Experts

Beverly G. Bond, Ph.D.
Beverly G. Bond, Ph.D.
Professor of History University of Memphis
Lewis Laska, Ph.D.
Lewis Laska, Ph.D.
Professor of Business Law TSU College of Business
Carroll Van West, Ph.D.
Carroll Van West, Ph.D.
Tennessee State Historian
Karen B. Dunlap, Ph.D.
Karen B. Dunlap, Ph.D.
President Emeritus Poynter Institute for Media Studies
Robert J. Booker
Robert J. Booker
Historian Knoxville College
John Edwards III.
John Edwards III.
Publisher Chattanooga News Chronicle
Bobby L. Lovett, Ph.D.
Bobby L. Lovett, Ph.D.
Professor of History (Retired) TSU
David Ewing
David Ewing
Historian

Production Credits

LaTonya Turner
Producer/Writer/Narrator
Ed Jones
Producer
Suzy Hence
Makeup
Jim DeMarco
Shawn Anfinson
Paul Mojonnier
Videographer
Suzy Hence
Ed Jones
Editors
Joe DelMerico
Joey Hodge
Original Music
Elliott Winston Robinson
Eddie Charlton
MiChelle Jones
Jackie Welch Schlicher
Robert Marigza
Chandra J. Walton
Rob Wilds
Voiceover Talent
Kevin Crane
Executive Producer
Jim DeMarco
Production Manager
MiChelle Jones
Unit Publicist

The Citizenship Project is made possible by the support of Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and the First Tennessee Foundation.