- Freedom's Journal
"Freedom's Journal" was the first
African Americanowned and operated newspaperpublished in the United States. Its very first issue came out on March 16th, 1827. Published weekly in New York City from 1827to 1829, the journal was edited by John Russwurmfrom March 16, 1827 to March 28, 1829 and later, Samuel Cornishserved as co-editor (March 16, 1827 to September 14, 1827). Freedom's Journal was superseded by "The Rights of All", published between 1829 and 1830 by S. E. Cornish.
"Freedom's Journal" provided international, national, and regional information on current - events and contained editorials declaiming
slavery, lynching, and other injustices. The "Journal" also published biographies of prominent African Americans and listings of births, deaths, and marriages in the African American community in New York. "Freedom's Journal" circulated in 11 states, the District of Columbia, Haiti, Europe, and Canada.
The newspaper employed subscription agents such as David Walker, who in 1829 published the first of four articles that called for rebellion. The pamphlet "Walker's Appeal" stated, "...it is no more harm for you to kill the man who is trying to kill you than it is for you to take a drink of water..." This statement was widely read, with Walker distributing copies of his pamphlet into the
Southern United States, where it was widely banned.
List of African American firsts
* [http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/aanp/freedom/ Freedom's Journal in Wisconsin history] , includes digitized facimilies of all 103 issues.
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