Black Newspapers in New York City, 1827–1865
- Benjamin Fagan
The black press in the United States was born in New York City. From 1827 through the end of the U.S. Civil War, black New Yorkers produced a host of periodical publications. Many of these journals existed for only a short time, and racist archival practices make it difficult to locate complete runs, or at times even a single issue, of a number of the city’s antebellum newspapers. But three newspapers with substantial runs and a significant archival presence provide a window into the world of New York City’s black newspapers. Taken together, Freedom’s Journal (1827–1829), the Colored American (1837–1841), and the Weekly Anglo-African (1859–1865 clearly demonstrate the ways in which New York City institutions and affairs shaped black newspapers that consistently imagined themselves as organs of national black communities Through these publications local contexts inflected broader concerns such as class politics and respectability ...