Frederick Douglass' Paper
- Glen Anthony Harris
Founded in June 1851 in Rochester, New York, by Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass' Paper evolved out of the merger of his first paper, the North Star, with the Liberty Party Paper, a weekly edited and published by John Thomas in Syracuse, New York. With Douglass and Thomas as editor and assistant editor, respectively, and bearing the motto “All rights for all,” Frederick Douglass' Paper was published until July 1859 and served as a weekly broadsheet for Douglass to perfect his abolitionist thinking in relation to his support for political antislavery and his argument that the U.S. Constitution was an antislavery document. Frederick Douglass' Paper was not only a continuation of the North Star but also followed in the tradition of the independent black press, which was solidified by Samuel Cornish's 1837 antislavery newspaper, the Colored American In his paper Douglass likewise followed an independent editorial course on ...
A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895.