Samuel Cornish and John Russwurm: First Freedom’s Journal Editorial

(1827)

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Post–Revolutionary War America was a world of deep paradox. On the one hand, American colonists had issued a Declaration of Independence proclaiming that “all men are created equal.” On the other hand, America was a land entrenched in slavery, where free blacks did not seem to have a place and therefore were subject to racism, segregation, discrimination, and prejudice. The citizens of the newly formed United States attempted in these early years to find their identity as a...