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At its height in the 1940s the Pittsburgh Courier was one of the most important african american newspapers in the country, had a national circulation of over 350,000 and was as widely read as the Chicago Defender and Baltimore Afro-American. It is famous for its coverage of racial stereotypes in popular media, segregation in the military, Jim Crow in the South and african american figures in sports, and is a vital source of information about the Great Migration.