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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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Freedom’s Journal

Freedom’s Journal

Pleading Our Own Cause

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The Struggles of John Brown Russwurm

Winston James

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Freedom's Journal, America's first black newspaper, with Samuel Cornish (1795–1859) and Russwurm as senior and junior editors, respectively. They sought to make Freedom's Journal a “medium of intercourse” between African Americans in different states as well as have it serve as a forum for its constituency of readers on various issues that concern them. Cornish and Russwurm saw Freedom's Journal as an organizer; they sought to meld the scattered black population in the United States into one people, with the Journal as its advocate and articulate voice. Freedom's Journal also saw itself as an educator, in both the narrow and the wider sense of the term, and emphasizing this role, it promised to “urge upon our brethren the necessity and expediency of training their children, while young, to habits of industry, and thus forming them for becoming useful members of society.”

Keywords:   John Brown Russwurm, Freedom's Journal, black newspaper, Samuel Cornish, African Americans

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