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Subtitle: "Equality and Exact Justice to All Men."

Title: Colored American - April 17, 1841

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer comments on the irony in the actions of those who band together as Republicans in Tammany Hall. They promise justice, equality, and fairness, yet deliver only corruption and prejudice.

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

Subtitle: Will Justice be Done?

Title: Elevator - June 2, 1865

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Elevator (1865 - 18??)

The writer asks whether justice will prevail in the punishment of those who took part in the rebellion that led to the Civil War. He tells his readers that the newspaper is currently awaiting the results of the war crimes trials.

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

Subtitle: Law, Equality, Truth and Justice.

Title: Elevator - October 27, 1865

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Elevator (1865 - 18??)

The writer considers the principles that the United States legal system is based on. He notes that these principles were violated by the institution of slavery. If this country is to remain free, the American people can never return to this form of systematic injustice.

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

Subtitle: Negro Equality Governments.

Title: Pacific Appeal - April 26, 1862

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal (1862 - 188?)

The writer shares with his readers an article from the 1775 Constitution of Maryland providing the right of suffrage to any man with property. He tells his readers that this right to vote for all men was also accepted in two other states. It was only later that these state constitutions were changed to limit suffrage to white men only.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Mockery of Justice.

Title: Pacific Appeal - April 5, 1862

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal (1862 - 188?)

The writer briefly relates the trial of a white man accused of murdering an African American barber. After an examination by two doctors, the only witness to the crime was not allowed to testify since he was determined to be "one eighth" African American.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: "Truth Crushed to Earth will Rise Again."

Title: Pacific Appeal - January 23, 1864

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Pacific Appeal (1862 - 188?)

The writer comments on the way African American soldiers have distinguished themselves on the battlefield and proven wrong those who believed they would not fight for their country. He suggests that other misconceptions and fears about African Americans are being proven incorrect one by one.

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

Subtitle: Truth and its Love.

Title: Provincial Freeman - December 1, 1855

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer expresses his thoughts on the universal truth of love and how this relates to God's plan for mankind.

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

Subtitle: Even-Handed Justice.

Title: Provincial Freeman - May 13, 1854

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer comments on a recent story published in local newspapers telling readers that 30 African Americans traveling through Kentucky on their way to Liberia were given free transportation. He believes this is just another ploy to encourage Colonization.

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

Subtitle: Liberty and Equality.

Title: Voice of the Fugitive - February 26, 1851

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer tells his readers that the new Michigan Constitution allows Native Americans who are not associated with any specific tribe to vote in any election. The Constitution, however, forbids voting by any person of African descent.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: Social Equality Between the White and Colored Population.

Title: Voice of the Fugitive - January 1, 1852

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer tells his readers that social inequality is based on a lack of understanding of Christian doctrine. Where there is moral equality, he tells them, there is also racial equality.

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

Subtitle: Law and Order at the Expense of Justice.

Title: Voice of the Fugitive - May 20, 1852

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer comments on a recent incident in Columnbia, Pennsylvania in which a suspected fugitive slave was killed by a police officer.

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

Subtitle: Justice to Whom Justice is Due.

Title: Weekly Anglo-African - August 27, 1859

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Weekly Anglo-African (1859 - 1862)

The writer tells his readers that prejudice is not based on the hatred of skin color but on the love of money. In the south, the black man is made a slave; in the north he is made a servant. In both cases, the color of a man's skin is simply an indication of someone who can be used to make money.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

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