Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

September 1, 1928

On September 1, 1928, a column in the Pittsburgh Courier asked readers, “Are You Left Handed?”  The column inquired, “Do your friends look upon you as being—well, just a bit ‘queer’ because you're different, even in this little respect, from the rest of humanity?” The piece assured left-handed readers that they were in “illustrious company” with pharaohs, Caesars, and Alexander the Great, as well as southpaw baseball players like Babe Ruth and 1926 World Series hero Willie Sherdel.  “As a matter of fact,” the article concluded, a lot of this belief about the ‘queerness’ of left handed people is mere superstition.”

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