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The Struggles of John Brown RusswurmThe Life and Writings of a Pan-Africanist Pioneer, 1799-1851$
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Winston James

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814742891

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814742891.001.0001

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Writings from Freedom’s Journal

Writings from Freedom’s Journal

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The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm

Winston James

NYU Press

This chapter presents writings from Freedom's Journal, the first black-run and black-owned newspaper in the United States that commenced publication on Friday, March 16, 1827. These include articles where editors Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurm outlined their rationale and hopes for the paper; an editorial by Russwurm that reprises the key arguments put forward in his commencement address; Russwurm's letters to Cornish written during his trip through Connecticut and Massachusetts in the summer of 1827; Russwurm's article on the growing trend of black people betraying other black people to slave catchers; exchanges that highlight the offense caused by the anticolonization editorial position of Freedom's Journal; and Russwurm's account of his a trip from New York to Washington, D.C. in the summer of 1828.

Keywords:   John Brown Russwurm, black newspapers, editorials, blacks, slave catchers, anticolonization

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