African American Newspapers, 1827-1998

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Provides online access to U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This collection features papers from more than 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.

African American Newspapers, Series 1, 1827-1998, features more than 270 newspapers from 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th-century titles. These titles published for or by African Americans constitute valuable primary sources for researchers exploring such diverse disciplines as cultural, literary and social history; ethnic studies and more. Beginning with Freedom’s Journal (NY)—the first African American newspaper published in the United States—the titles in this series include The Colored Citizen (KS), Arkansas State Press, Rights of All (NY), Wisconsin Afro-American, New York Age, L’Union (LA), Northern Star and Freeman’s Advocate (NY), Richmond Planet, Cleveland Gazette, The Appeal (MN) and hundreds of others from every region of the U.S.

African American Newspapers, Series 2, 1835-1956, provides access to more than 75 available newspapers. Key titles include Frederick Douglass’s New National Era (DC), Washington Tribune (DC), Chicago Bee (IL), The Louisianian (LA), The Pine and Palm (MA), National Anti-Slavery Standard (NY), New York Age (NY), Harlem Liberator (NY), North Carolina Republican and Civil Rights Advocate (NC), Southern News (VA) and many others.

This collection can also be searched on Readex AllSearch, an integrated platform that combines Readex’s primary sources into a single cross-searchable interface.

Coverage: 1827-1998

The acquisition of African American Newspapers, Series 1, 1827-1998, honors the service of Dr. Tom Apple as Provost of the University of Delaware, 2009-2012, and is made possible through the support of the Office of the Provost, the Louis L. Redding Diversity Award, and the University of Delaware Library.

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