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Subtitle: Wants of the Church.--Education of Children.

Title: Christian Recorder - March 19, 1855

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Christian Recorder (1852 - 1856)

The writer discusses the benefits of education. Education, he believes, offers not just a way of learning a trade and contributing to society, but a way of knowing and living a truly moral life.

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

Subtitle: New-York Petitions to the Legislature.

Title: Colored American - March 11, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The editor explains a petition that was sent to the New York state government requesting an end to limited civil rights for free African Americans. The petition included a request for trial by jury, a repeal of the law authorizing slavery, and a restoration of voting rights. He notes that before 1821, free black men were allowed to vote and that this freedom has now been taken from them without just cause.

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

Subtitle: Prejudice in the Church.

Title: Colored American - March 11, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer notes the irony of the prejudice evident among white Christian ministers towards the black members of their congregations. This prejudice encourages a pronounced separation between white and black churches. This type of prejudice influences the delay in the abolition of slavery and subtly encouraged its continuation.

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

Subtitle: Emigration to Trinidad and British Guiana.

Title: Colored American - March 14, 1840

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer continues his commentary on the pros and cons of immigrating to Trinidad and British Guiana.

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

Subtitle: St. Matthews' Free Church.

Title: Colored American - March 14, 1840

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

Response to an editorial published in another newspaper by a local minister wherein the minister referred to African Americans as "heathen" and Godless.

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

Subtitle: An Evil of our own Creation.

Title: Colored American - March 15, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer notes that the prejudice against skin color known in the U.S. has originated here and is uniquely our own. This sort of prejudice cannot be found in other countries. Not only does it originate here, but it is encouraged and condoned here by those in powerful positions, including Church officials and preachers.

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

Subtitle: Address to the Colored Citizens of Pennsylvania.

Title: Colored American - March 15, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer praises a recent address delivered to the African American community of Pennsylvania.

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

Subtitle: Our Brethren in Philadelphia.

Title: Colored American - March 15, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer scolds the African American members of the national convention in Philadelphia for wasting time debating what they want to be called by the rest of the population and in the process neglecting the more important issues that confront them.

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

Subtitle: Republic of Hayti.

Title: Colored American - March 15, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer gives a brief overview of current conditions in Hayti as descrcibed in a letter received from a traveler to that country.

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

Subtitle: Virtue, Intelligence and Money.

Title: Colored American - March 15, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer emphasizes that the way to earn respect from others is to live a life based on virtue, morality, and self-respect. He advises his readers to take care of their minds, their bodies, and their souls.

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

Subtitle: Cant' Take Care of Themselves.

Title: Colored American - March 15, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer explains to his readers that those opposed to emancipation are often under the assumption that the freed slaves will not be able to care for themselves and will become a burden on society. He includes in this editorial a petition presented before the Ohio legislature from the African American community expressing in logical terms that a focus on education and ending prejudice is the key that will allow for a successful emancipation effort. But limited opportunities and rampant prejudice work against them. They ask only for an opportunity to prove their own worth to society.

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

Subtitle: Pure and Undefiled Religion.

Title: Colored American - March 16, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer, a clergyman, expresses his frustration with being ignored by the clergy and Christians in his neighborhood. He believes this is because he is African American and that it wouldn't happen if he were white.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Going to the Country.

Title: Colored American - March 16, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer offers a brief note of encouragement to his readers regarding the purchase of land. He urges them to move from the cities and into the country.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Public Schools.

Title: Colored American - March 16, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer expresses his dismay regarding a rumor that a beloved teacher is about to be moved to another district.

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

Subtitle: Second Chapter on Locks.

Title: Colored American - March 16, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

A tongue-in-cheek commentary on people who talk too much.

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

Subtitle: Female Education.

Title: Colored American - March 18, 1837

Speaker or author: Ray, Charles B. (Charles Bennett), 1807-1886

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer notes that the education women receive stresses "manners and grace," with a "smattering" of science. The education women receive is impractical and even though it seeks to prepare them for marriage, it doesn't offer them a way of doing so in any practical sense. He suggests that women be taught household management and other domestic skills to enhance their future well-being whether married or not.

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

Subtitle: Leisure Hours.

Title: Colored American - March 18, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer stresses spending free time on improving morally and intellectually by attending lectures, studying, and avoiding immoral activities.

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

Subtitle: Read the Following.

Title: Colored American - March 18, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer expresses the goals and objectives of the newspaper, and his pledge to achieve these. He asks readers for support and financial help in this mission.

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

Subtitle: The Sabbath Day.

Title: Colored American - March 18, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer calls upon all African Americans to "honor the Sabbath and keep it holy." He stresses conduct such as not using profanity, and honoring God, with an emphasis on morality as well as church attendance.

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

Subtitle: A Chapter on Locks.

Title: Colored American - March 2, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

A humorous look at a noticeable lack of locks on the doors of African American houses. The writer compares the types of door fastening mechanisms and door knobs to the lives of those who live within the houses.

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

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