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Subtitle: Free Negroes.

Title: Colored American - September 4, 1841

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer responds to an article published in another newspaper advising some steamboat companies to stop employing free African Americans since the fear is that they will "incite" slaves to runaway. The article advises that the only "safe" choice free African Americans have is colonization. The writer suggests that what has been overlooked in this point of view is the option to abolish slavery which makes more sense than colonization.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

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

Keywords: Baltimore Clipper; Colonization; St. Louis Gazette; steamboats; transportation; travel

Publication type: editorials; Newspapers

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