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By Roy E. Finkenbine

Encompassing a extensive diversity of African American voices, from Frederick Douglass to nameless fugitive slaves, this assortment collects eighty-nine unprecedented files that signify the simplest of the five-volume Black Abolitionist Papers. In those compelling texts African american citizens inform their very own tales of the fight to finish slavery and declare their rights as americans, of the conflict opposed to colonization and the 'back to Africa' flow, and in their bothered courting with the government.

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The African American press served as a touchstone for independence. “Too long others have spoken for us,” wrote John B. Russwurm, editor of the first black newspaper, Freedom’s Journal, in 1827. But throughout the 1830s, inadequate resources and the presence of such white antislavery journals as the Liberator and Emancipator curbed black ambitions for a press of their own. Samuel E. Cornish set the standard for the antebellum black press in 1837 with his Colored American/ Adopting a spirited, inde­ pendent editorial stance, Cornish’s paper provided a forum for blacks to debate questions of racial identity, the origins and nature of racism, and the character and goals of their institutions.

They sought independence to depart from the nar­ rower focus of white abolitionists and to pursue the entire range of issues that they considered integral to abolitionism, encompassing all of the political, economic, and social injustices that emanated from racism. ” Black abolitionism possessed a seamless quality, fusing a variety of con­ cerns, which gave the movement a practical and intellectual continuity that few white reformers appreciated. A black temperance gathering could adjourn and immediately reconvene as an antislavery meeting with no change in tenor or participants.

Watching the federal government remove southern Na­ tive Americans to new lands in the West, they feared the worst for them­ selves each time the ACS pushed for federal funds to finance the Liberian settlement. ” In their critique of the colonization movement, African American leaders stripped away the facade of philanthropy, revealing that the movement had no antislavery goals or genuine concern for free blacks. They focused on colonization’s role in bolstering slavery and intensifying racial preju­ dice.

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