Frederick Douglass: First Editorial of the North Star

(1847)

Audience

The first editorial and edition of the North Star was aimed at those who knew Douglass well and readers newly acquainted with his reform activities. The readers of Douglass’s North Star were generally drawn from the abolitionist and reform community. Douglass intended that the newspaper would be an organ for black abolitionists and especially for the expression of his own evolving brand of reform, which incorporated both activities on behalf of ending slavery and bringing an end to the racial discrimination African Americans faced in northern states. Subscribers to the North Star, which was distributed through the U.S. mail, lived across the northern states, but most were concentrated in New York and the New England states. A few subscribers lived in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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