The media perception of African-Americans has shifted dramatically since the 18th century.
That’s what Southern Connecticut State University professor Frank Harris found out in his latest research. He looked at old editions of The Hartford Courant and saw an evolution of labels...from “Negro” to “Colored” to “Afro-American” to “African-American.”
But has the tone of the coverage evolved with the changing names?
Today, where we live, we’ll talk with Professor Harris, along with Connecticut College history professor David Canton, and Carole Bell will join us to discuss blacks and contemporary media.
Correction: Carole Bell's title is Postdoctoral Teaching Associate at Northeastern University.
This episode originally aired on February 9, 2012.