- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Lexington Books (February 9, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739118943
- ISBN-13: 978-0739118948
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,327,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Freedom's Journal: The First African-American Newspaper
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime.
If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you increase your sales. We invite you to learn more about Fulfillment by Amazon .
Customers who bought this item also bought
Jacqueline Bacon's well-written manuscript promises to be a significant contribution to scholarship in African-American history, nineteenth-century reform, and American journalism. This is an important work. (Roy Finkenbine, professor of history, University of Detroit Mercy)
Bacon has done a masterful job of providing a history of early black rhetoric and writing that gives agency to the African Americans themselves who wrote for, read, distributed, and discussed the paper. Freedom's Journal is essential reading as it expands our current understanding of the role of rhetoric in early African American politics and culture. (Shevaun E. Watson, University of South Carolina Composition Studies, Vol. 35, No. 2., Fall 2007)
Thanks to Dr. Jacqueline Bacon, we now have an in-depth, scholarly analysis of the first African-American paper which establishes that there was no monolithic black mindset, but rather often competing attitudes about such prevailing, hot-button subjects as the back to Africa movement versus assimilation in the U.S., and gradualism and accommodation versus violent insurrection as the answer to enslavement. . . . This engaging tome is an invaluable teaching tool for the ages. (Kam Williams, syndicated film and book critic Newsblaze.Com)
Bacon has written an impressive book about the short-lived Freedom's Journal, which was published from March 1827 until March 1829. In setting out to address hitherto unanswered questions concerning the purpose of the periodical, the author approaches her material thematically rather than historically. . . . Perhaps the most enlightening chapter in this readable and comprehensive book is the one that explores the rhetoric of gender, particularly the discussion of women as contributors to the publication. . . . Highly recommended. (CHOICE)
Bacon's compellingly written and insightful volume should restore this significant and influential periodical to its proper place in histories about African Americans' struggles for emancipation and civil rights. (Holly M. Kent, Lehigh University Journal of the Early Republic, Winter 2007)
Works such as this provide a glimpse of the wonder and richness of this chaotic period in American and African American history and revitalize that tenuous connection between the present and the past. (Bernell E. Tripp American Journalism: A Media History Journal, Fall 2007)
This book will be valuable to historians of the abolition movement, antebellum America, and race and slavery as well as gender studies. . . . The rich and careful annotation makes this work an excellent sourcebook for scholarship on the early black press and abolition movement. (Frank E. Fee, Jr., 2008 Journalism History)
A book that many scholars will find useful, and one that adds much to our understanding of African American history. (February 2008 American Historical Review)
Freedom's Journal fills an important gap in the scholarship on the black press and on African American activism and intellectual life before 1830....This important and accessibly written book should be essential reading for scholars and students interested in African American intellectuals, activism, and community development in the early 19th century. (Mitch Kachun The Journal of African American History)
This fascinating book fits into the current historiography of slavery in giving agency to the African American community....This is a tremendously readable and useful book for scholars. (Journal of American Studies, September 2008)
About the Author
Jacqueline Bacon is a writer and scholar living in San Diego. She is the author of The Humblest May Stand Forth: Rhetoric, Empowerment, and Abolition.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The short-lived periodical was the brainchild of two black men, Samuel E. Cornish and John B. Russwurm. The former was a Presbyterian minister who had been born free in Delaware, while the latter was a mulatto, the college-educated son of a white Jamaican plantation owner and one of his servants.
Cornish and Russwurm were visionaries who penned some surprisingly insightful editorials, given that they were writing early in the 19th Century. While it cannot be definitively stated exactly why they created the paper, conventional wisdom, in part disputed here, stipulates that they were initially motivated to counter the daily diatribes of Mordecai Noah, owner of several tabloids, including the New York Enquirer.
Thanks to Dr. Jacqueline Bacon, we now have an in-depth, scholarly analysis of the first African-American paper which establishes that there was no monolithic black mindset, but rather often competing attitudes about such prevailing, hot-button subjects as the back to Africa movement versus assimilation in the U.S., and gradualism and accommodation versus violent insurrection as the answer to enslavement.
Read the full review and more book reviews from AALBC.com on your Kindle Edition