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Subtitle: "Old Clothes."

Title: Provincial Freeman - January 3, 1857

Speaker or author: Cary, Mary Ann Shadd, 1823-1893

Newspaper or publication: Provincial Freeman (1853 - 1859)

The writer offers a "tongue in cheek" response to recently received "old clothes" for those of African descent living in Chatham. She notes that while there are poor of other nationalities living in parts of the U.S., no one sends them old clothes. Yet the assumption is that if you are black and living in Canada you must be poor enough to need cast-off clothing. This is not necessarily the case.

Description of file(s): one scanned newspaper column

Subjects: Abolitionists--United States; African American abolitionists; Antislavery movements--United States; Slavery; United States--History--19th century

Keywords: begging; benevolence; Chatham; fugitives; Town Council

Publication type: editorials; Newspapers

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