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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

Subjects: Abolitionists--United States; African American abolitionists; Antislavery movements--United States; United States--History--19th century

Keywords: emancipation; freedom; laws; legislature; liberty; limitations; Ohio Anti-Slavery Society; philanthropists; prejudice; restrictions; Slavery

Publication type: editorials; Newspapers

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