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Title: Colored American - March 4, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The editor offers an explanation for the name selected for this newspaper. He emphasizes that although the term "American" was one that most white Americans wished to deny the black inhabitants of this country, it applied more to them than to a lot of the white citizens in terms of generational ties to this country. The term "Colored" calls caste into question and gives attention to the social issues regarding race and prejudice that the paper addresses.

Description of file(s): one scanned, one columned, newspaper page

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

Keywords: African; caste; citizenship; nationality; Negro; press; stereotype

Publication type: editorials; Newspapers

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