Black Abolitionist Archive
Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817
Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)
The writer tells his readers that the only way to live a successful life is through "elevation" in terms of self-respect, morality, and self-esteem. He emphasizes that the only way to achieve this is by working on their own self-improvement in this manner and not depending on others to do this for them. This work must come from within each individual. It offers a tremendous challenge but it is the only way to gain social acceptance in this country.
Description of file(s): two scanned newspaper pages (three columns)