US Pioneering antislavery crusader's 19th-century newspapers now online

02:51  20 january  2020
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Fredrick Douglass is known as a preeminent abolitionist, speaker and author, but he also had the title of newspaper editor.

Frederick Douglass wearing a suit and tie: Frederick Douglass, circa 1879.© Library Of Congress/Getty Images Frederick Douglass, circa 1879.

Now, interested readers can get a look online at rare issues of three newspapers Douglass edited between 1847 and 1874, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Douglass, who escaped slavery in 1838, became a famous speaker and author at the forefront of the abolition movement. He founded The North Star, an antislavery newspaper, in Rochester, New York.

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The goal of the newspaper, as printed in its first issue in December 1847, was to be a paper "under complete control and direction of the immediate victims of slavery and oppression."

a close up of a newspaper: Frederick Douglass' Paper (Rochester, N.Y.), 1851-1860.© Library of Congress Frederick Douglass' Paper (Rochester, N.Y.), 1851-1860.

Douglass was a proponent for a black press, and the paper promoted black self-improvement, according to the Library of Congress. The paper also focused on abolition and equality, including supporting women's rights.

The North Star later merged with another paper and was renamed Fredrick Douglass' Paper in 1851 and continued to be published until 1860.

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Douglass later moved to Washington, D.C., and in 1970 he became the editor-in-chief and partial owner of another newspaper, New National Era.

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Infotrac 19 th Century US Newspapers Database Subscription Database. The LVA will continue to draw on its collection of over 3,000 Virginia and West Virginia imprints to continue to expand our online offerings.

a close up of a newspaper: New national era (Washington, D.C.), July 4, 1872© Library of Congress New national era (Washington, D.C.), July 4, 1872

The New National Era had many similar values to Douglass' earlier papers, with a focus on issues like post-Civil War reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan and inequality in the U.S. In its prospectus, the paper said its mission was to be both an advocate and educator.

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The archives available online include more than 568 issues although no complete collection of Douglass' newspapers is known to be available after an 1872 fire at the Douglass residence in Rochester destroyed 16 volumes.

"No complete collection of Douglass’ newspapers appears to be available, but we are pleased to share the library’s large collection of his three weekly newspapers online," the Library of Congress said.

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