This online collection presents newspapers edited by Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), the African American abolitionist who escaped slavery and became one of the most famous orators, authors, and journalists of the 19th century. Douglass believed in the importance of the black press and in his leadership role within it, despite the struggles of earlier black newspaper enterprises. Douglass' newspapers also stressed black self-improvement and responsibility.
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Image credit: [Frederick Douglass, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right]. George Francis Schreiber, photographer. 26 April, 1870. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/item/2004671911/