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Subtitle: The First Step to be Taken.

Title: Colored American - September 23, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer expresses his view that the first step African Americans can take toward improving their lives and elevating their social situation is to gain self-respect, and teach their children that they are worthy of a place in the community. As African Americans are taught that they are of a lower caste and not as good as the white members of society, they come to believe this and this belief works against them as they try to create better lives.

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

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

Keywords: elevation; human rights; improvement; self-respect; society

Publication type: editorials; Newspapers

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