Frederick Douglass: First Editorial of the North Star

(1847)

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Frederick Douglass, well-known abolitionist and civil rights activist, began publishing an antislavery weekly in Rochester, New York, on December 3, 1847. In the First Editorial of the North Star, he outlines his reasons for starting his own newspaper. Douglass edited three newspapers between 1847 and 1863. In the first, the North Star, he and other African American reformers (along with some whites) expressed their views concerning slavery. In 1841, Douglass, an escaped slave, had...