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Source: 2014

African American newspapers in the 1930s faced many hardships. For instance, knowing that buyers of African American papers also bought general-circulation papers, advertisers of consumer products often ignored African American publications.

Line Advertisers' discrimination did free the African American press from advertiser domination. Editors could print politically charged material more readily than could the large national dailies, which depended on advertisers' ideological approval to secure revenues. Unfortunately, it also made the selling price of Black papers much higher than that of general-circulation dailies. Often as much as two-thirds of publication costs had to come from subscribers or subsidies from community politicians and other interest groups. And despite their editorial freedom, African American publishers often felt compelled to print a disproportionate amount of sensationalism, sports, and society news to boost circulation.

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The passage suggests that if advertisers had more frequently purchased advertising in African American newspapers, then which of the following might have resulted?

  • A African American newspapers would have given more attention to sports and society news than they did.
  • B African American newspapers would have been available at lower prices than large national dailies were.
  • C African American newspapers would have experienced constraints on their content similar to those experienced by large national dailies.

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