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Subtitle: Our Brethren in the Free States.

Title: Colored American - April 22, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer cautions his readers to be aware of how society perceives them and to always present a moral, responsible, and industrious appearance. He urges them to not present any reason for negative judgment from others.

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

Subtitle: Our Friends hinder our Improvement.

Title: Colored American - August 12, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

In an effort to help, the friends of free African Americans are pushing them through an inadequate education and sending them into a prejudiced society unprepared for the challenges that await them there. By assuming that African Americans are not capable of more than this, those who are acting on their behalf, are doing more harm than good, even though their intentions are well meaning.

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

Subtitle: Our Friends discourage us.

Title: Colored American - August 12, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer expresses his belief that by paying African Americans half the amount that a white worker is paid, those who provide these jobs in an effort to help are doing more harm than good. The writer urges employers to provide equal pay for equal work regardless of race.

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

Subtitle: Go to the country brethren.

Title: Colored American - February 9, 1839

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer encourages his readers to buy land, move to the country, and take up farming.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subtitle: What do we want of our Friends?

Title: Colored American - July 7, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer expresses to the community that all African Americans want from them is to be treated equally, to be able to educate their children, and to be afforded the rights and privileges enjoyed by all American citizens.

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

Subtitle: Our Example, Brethren.

Title: Colored American - June 2, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The editor tells about his new life in a rural area not far from New York.

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

Subtitle: Go by foot, Brethren.

Title: Colored American - June 30, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer suggests that his readers travel by foot or by their own means rather than put up with the prejudice they must endure using public transportation.

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

Subtitle: Go to the country, brethren.

Title: Colored American - June 30, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer encourages African Americans to move to the country and leave the larger cities where their opportunities are limited. The employment available to them in large cities is menial and hard to come by, and living there involves enduring prejudice.

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: Our Brethren of Pennsylvania.

Title: Colored American - March 3, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer urges his readers to exercise their right to vote. He notes that a lot of well-meaning "friends" have encouraged African Americans to stay away from the polls. But, he believes, this works against resolving the issues that are important to all African Americans in the community.

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

Subtitle: To Our Friends and Brethren Beloved:

Title: Colored American - May 6, 1837

Speaker or author: Cornish, Samuel E. (Samuel Eli), 1795?-1858

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer offers a humble request for aid and financial support from friends among the people in Pennsylvania.

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

Subtitle: Friends, do not forget us.

Title: Colored American - November 10, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The Vigilance Committee makes a plea to the readers of the Colored American for their help in collecting money to pay legal fees so that they can continue their work.

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

Subtitle: Friends, do not forget us.

Title: Colored American - November 17, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The editor asks his readers for donations to help pay legal feels incurred by the New York Vigilance Committee in a libel suit. If substantial funds are not raised by December, the printer's property will be confiscated.

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

Subtitle: Keep Cool, Brethren.

Title: Colored American - October 14, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The editor responds to a negative article about him that was published in the Liberator newspaper.

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

Subtitle: Take Courage Brethren.

Title: Colored American - October 6, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer urges his readers to be patient in the wait for emancipation. He's encouraged by actions in other countries as they recognize the injustice of slavery and emancipate their slaves. He believes the U.S. will surely follow. Even now, Christians in the northern states are praying for those oppressed in the south.

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

Subtitle: Brethren, we have much to do.

Title: Colored American - October 6, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer encourages his readers to become morally and economically ready for the coming years. He believes that freedom is in the near future and that they must be ready for it, both socially and morally.

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

Subtitle: Brethren, Sustain Us.

Title: Colored American - October 7, 1837

Speaker or author: Cornish, Samuel E. (Samuel Eli), 1795?-1858

Samuel E. Cornish asks his readers to please donate money in order to keep the Colored American in publication. He stresses the benefits of continuing this newspaper and the fact that it is in dire need of funding at this time.

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

Subtitle: Brethren renew your Efforts.

Title: Colored American - September 9, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer urges his readers to work hard to prove themselves worthy of the civil rights they are being denied. He believes that if all African Americans made it their goal to work "doubly" as hard as their white neighbors they would achieve social acceptance.

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

Subtitle: Parting with Friends.

Title: Elevator - June 30, 1865

Speaker or author: editor

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

The writer tells his readers of old friends who have relocated to other states.

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

Subtitle: To our Friends in the Western States.

Title: Provincial Freeman - February 17, 1855

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The editor tells his readers that the newspaper agent living in Niles, Michigan has been collecting for the newspaper and not forwarding any subscriptions. He is no longer employed by the newspaper.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

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