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The Washington Bee Archive

  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • 18821922

About

The first issue of the Bee was printed on June 3, 1882. William C. Chase, a lawyer, local politician, businessman, and native Washingtonian took over as the paper’s principal editor by the end of the first year of publication, and his superb editorial skills eventually turned the Bee into one of the most influential African American newspapers in the country. The Bee represented the Republican attitudes of its editor, although Chase did not hesitate to criticize Republican Party leaders when he thought they were on the wrong side of an issue. The initial motto of the paper was “Sting for Our Enemies—Honey for Our Friends.” Civil rights for America’s blacks was a primary concern. Although figures are not available for each year of publication, circulation of the Bee varied from a low of 1,250 in 1892 to a high of 9,700 in 1922.

Archive Info

  • 11,641
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • 18821922

Paper History

  • The Bee

Source Information

The Washington Bee, 1886–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 22, 2024

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Archive Info

  • 11,641
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • 18821922

Paper History

  • The Bee

Source Information

The Washington Bee, 1886–1922 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2024. Last updated: March 22, 2024