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Subtitle: Important Document.

Title: Colored American - March 29, 1838

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer informs his readers that an appeal has been presented before the Supreme Court denouncing and protesting the actions of the "Reform Convention." He said if this "Reform Convention" has done anything good at all it has exposed the Colonization Society for the sham it really is.

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

Subtitle: The First Step to be Taken.

Title: Colored American - September 23, 1837

Speaker or author: editor

Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)

The writer expresses his view that the first step African Americans can take toward improving their lives and elevating their social situation is to gain self-respect, and teach their children that they are worthy of a place in the community. As African Americans are taught that they are of a lower caste and not as good as the white members of society, they come to believe this and this belief works against them as they try to create better lives.

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

Subtitle: Self-Elevation.

Title: Impartial Citizen - March 14, 1849

Speaker or author: Ward, Samuel Ringgold, b. 1817

Newspaper or publication: Impartial Citizen (1849 - 1851)

The writer tells his readers that the only way to live a successful life is through "elevation" in terms of self-respect, morality, and self-esteem. He emphasizes that the only way to achieve this is by working on their own self-improvement in this manner and not depending on others to do this for them. This work must come from within each individual. It offers a tremendous challenge but it is the only way to gain social acceptance in this country.

Description of file(s): two scanned newspaper pages (three columns)

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