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Title: Provincial Freeman - April 18, 1857

Speaker or author: Cary, Mary Ann Shadd, 1823-1893

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer responds briefly to a letter the newspaper received from the Refugees Home. The letter indicates the humiliating treatment in the name of charity that C. C. Foote's is providing there. Fugitives arriving in Canada are looking for freedom and equality, not pity and handouts.

Description of file(s): one scanned, two columned, newspaper page

Subtitle: "Stealing the Livery of Heaven to Serve the Devil."

Title: Provincial Freeman - April 4, 1857

Speaker or author: Cary, Mary Ann Shadd, 1823-1893

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer responds to those who believe that the refugees from slavery who are arriving in her area are needing of aid and in a dire state. The assumption that those of African descent living in Canada are needy and barely surviving is insulting.

Description of file(s): one scanned, two columned, newspaper page

Subtitle: "Old Clothes."

Title: Provincial Freeman - January 3, 1857

Speaker or author: Cary, Mary Ann Shadd, 1823-1893

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer offers a "tongue in cheek" response to recently received "old clothes" for those of African descent living in Chatham. She notes that while there are poor of other nationalities living in parts of the U.S., no one sends them old clothes. Yet the assumption is that if you are black and living in Canada you must be poor enough to need cast-off clothing. This is not necessarily the case.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Mrs. H. B. Stowe's Visit to Canada.

Title: Provincial Freeman - June 7, 1856

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer discusses rumors of an upcoming visit by author H. B. Stowe. He believes those who would make a profit off the condition of fugitive slaves in Canada are using this visit as a money making scheme.

Description of file(s): two scanned, two columned, newspaper pages

Subtitle: Trouble among the "Missionaries."

Title: Provincial Freeman - May 17, 1856

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer comments briefly on certain members of society who collect money illegally for their own gain under the guise of helping fugitive slaves and the poor.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Exposed at Last.

Title: Provincial Freeman - May 2, 1857

Speaker or author: Cary, Mary Ann Shadd, 1823-1893

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer discusses recent "begging" efforts made on behalf of the fugitive slaves arriving in Canada. This type of action is not welcomed or desired, yet it seems to persist among well-meaning members of the local churches.

Description of file(s): one scanned, two columned, newspaper page

Subtitle: More Begging! Elder Piper, Free Mission Baptist Missionary at Chatham!! Clothes for Fugitives!!

Title: Provincial Freeman - May 30, 1857

Speaker or author: Cary, Mary Ann Shadd, 1823-1893

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer calls attention to the continued solicitation of charity for fugitive slaves living in Canada. This type of "begging" for help is unwelcomed and unwanted by the people of African descent living in Canada.

Description of file(s): two scanned, two columned, newspaper pages

Subtitle: Canada Mill Company.

Title: Voice of the Fugitive - April 22, 1852

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Voice of the Fugitive (1851 - 1852)

Brief overview of the Canada Mill and Mercantile Company that offers opportunity for employment and a relief from charity for fugitive slaves.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: What do the Fugitives in Canada Stand in Need of? No. III.

Title: Voice of the Fugitive - April 23, 1851

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Voice of the Fugitive (1851 - 1852)

The writer suggests that instead of donations of food and clothing, fugitive slaves would be better served with financial aid to help purchase land. (Incomplete) See Voice of the Fugitive editorial 11524edi.

Description of file(s): two scanned newspaper pages (three columns)

Subtitle: What do the Fugitives in Canada Stand Mostly in Need of.

Title: Voice of the Fugitive - April 9, 1851

Newspaper or publication: Voice of the Fugitive (1851 - 1852)

The writer tells his readers that what the fugitive slaves living in Canada need more than anything right now is knowledge and strength. Instead of clothing and food, he asks those who want to help to contribute land and education. These will better help the poor and fugitives build their own futures.

Description of file(s): two scanned newspaper pages (three columns)

Subtitle: Colored People's Meeting, in Windsor.

Title: Voice of the Fugitive - December 16, 1852

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Voice of the Fugitive (1851 - 1852)

The writer reports on a recent meeting hosted by Mary Ann Shadd in which she maligns the local press. She tells her audience that she will start a quality newspaper to replace what is currently available to people of African descent in Canada. The writer took particular offense at her comments.

Description of file(s): one scanned, two columned, newspaper page

Title: Voice of the Fugitive - February 12, 1852

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Voice of the Fugitive (1851 - 1852)

The writer joins with Samuel R. Ward in asking well-meaning people to stop sending the refugees and fugitive slaves boxes of old clothes. While this helped them initially, it has now become a disservice when what they really need is investment in ways to become more independent.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: What do the Fugitives in Canada stand mostly in need of?

Title: Voice of the Fugitive - March 26, 1851

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Voice of the Fugitive (1851 - 1852)

After living off charity and donations of food and clothing, the editor tells his readers that the time has come for the fugitive slaves and the poor to begin fending for themselves. He suggests that now they "produce what they consume" and stop living as beggars. The cost of shipping donations of food and clothing would be better spent on education and land.

Description of file(s): three scanned, two columned, newspaper pages

Subtitle: A Protest from the Colored People.

Title: Voice of the Fugitive - May 20, 1852

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Voice of the Fugitive (1851 - 1852)

The writer shares the view of a group of African Americans who recently met in Ann Arbor that the time has come to change the perception that fugitive slaves living in Canada are starving and unable to care for themselves. Being portrayed as "beggars" is degrading to them, and perceiving themselves this way is self-defeating. Instead, they want to demonstrate how well they can provide for themselves and live without the aid of well-meaning people.

Description of file(s): one scanned, two columned, newspaper page

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