Freedom's Journal

Freedom's Journal : The First African-American Newspaper

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On March 16, 1827,Freedom's Journal, the first African-American newspaper, began publication in New York. Freedom's Journal was a forum edited and controlled by African Americans in which they could articulate their concerns. National in scope and distributed in several countries, the paper connected African Americans beyond the boundaries of city or region and engaged international issues from their perspective. It ceased publication after only two years, but shaped the activism of both African-American and white leaders for generations to come. A comprehensive examination of this groundbreaking periodical, Freedom's Journal: The First African-American Newspaper is a much-needed contribution to the literature. Despite its significance, it has not been investigated comprehensively. This study examines all aspects of the publication as well as extracts historical information from the more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 27.9mm | 453.6g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739118943
  • 9780739118948

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Jacqueline Bacon's well-written manuscript promises to be a significant contribution to scholarship in African-American history, nineteenth-century reform, and American journalism. This is an important work. -- Roy Finkenbine, professor of history, University of Detroit Mercy Bacon has done a masterful job of providing a history of early black rhetoric and writing that gives agency to the African Americans themselves who wrote for, read, distributed, and discussed the paper. Freedom's Journal is essential reading as it expands our current understanding of the role of rhetoric in early African American politics and culture. -- Shevaun E. Watson, University of South Carolina Composition Studies, Vol. 35, No. 2., Fall 2007 Thanks to Dr. Jacqueline Bacon, we now have an in-depth, scholarly analysis of the first African-American paper which establishes that there was no monolithic black mindset, but rather often competing attitudes about such prevailing, hot-button subjects as the back to Africa movement versus assimilation in the U.S., and gradualism and accommodation versus violent insurrection as the answer to enslavement... This engaging tome is an invaluable teaching tool for the ages. -- Kam Williams, syndicated film and book critic Newsblaze.Com Bacon has written an impressive book about the short-lived Freedom's Journal, which was published from March 1827 until March 1829. In setting out to address hitherto unanswered questions concerning the purpose of the periodical, the author approaches her material thematically rather than historically... Perhaps the most enlightening chapter in this readable and comprehensive book is the one that explores the rhetoric of gender, particularly the discussion of women as contributors to the publication... Highly recommended. CHOICE Bacon's compellingly written and insightful volume should restore this significant and influential periodical to its proper place in histories about African Americans' struggles for emancipation and civil rights. -- Holly M. Kent, Lehigh University Journal of the Early Republic, Winter 2007 Works such as this provide a glimpse of the wonder and richness of this chaotic period in American and African American history and revitalize that tenuous connection between the present and the past. -- Bernell E. Tripp American Journalism: A Media History Journal, Fall 2007 This book will be valuable to historians of the abolition movement, antebellum America, and race and slavery as well as gender studies... The rich and careful annotation makes this work an excellent sourcebook for scholarship on the early black press and abolition movement. -- Frank E. Fee, Jr., 2008 Journalism History A book that many scholars will find useful, and one that adds much to our understanding of African American history. -- February 2008 American Historical Review Freedom's Journal fills an important gap in the scholarship on the black press and on African American activism and intellectual life before 1830...This important and accessibly written book should be essential reading for scholars and students interested in African American intellectuals, activism, and community development in the early 19th century. -- Mitch Kachun The Journal of African American History This fascinating book fits into the current historiography of slavery in giving agency to the African American community...This is a tremendously readable and useful book for scholars. Journal of American Studies, September 2008 An important book and an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in nineteenth-century African American History. -- John Ernest, Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of American Literature at West Virginia University and author of Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History and A Nation within a Nation: Organizing African Americans before the Civil War Journal of American History, March 2009show more

About Jacqueline Bacon

Jacqueline Bacon is a writer and scholar living in San Diego. She is the author of The Humblest May Stand Forth: Rhetoric, Empowerment, and more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: A Clap of Thunder Chapter 2 "The Time Has Now Arrived": The African-American Community of the Late 1820s Chapter 3 The History of Freedom's Journal Chapter 4 "Whatever Concerns Us As a People": The Goal of Freedom's Journal Chapter 5 "Be Up and Doing": Self-Help Chapter 6 Men and Women, Private and Public Chapter 7 Redemption, Regeneration, Revolution: Africa and Haiti Chapter 8 "Save Us from Our Friends": Colonization and Emigration Chapter 9 "Our Brethren Who Are Still in Bondage": Slavery and Antislavery Chapter 10 "Echoes and Re-Echoes": The Impact and Legacy of Freedom's Journalshow more

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