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ERIC Number: EJ1117670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1748-5959
Learning Freedom: Education, Elevation, and New York's African-American Community, 1827-1829
Hines, Michael
History of Education Quarterly, v56 n4 p618-645 Nov 2016
Even though the black community of antebellum New York City lived in a society that marginalized them socially and economically, they were intent on pursuing the basic privileges of American citizenship. One tactic African Americans employed to this end was the tenacious pursuit of education, which leaders believed would act both as an aid in economic advancement and as a counterargument against the widely assumed social inferiority of their race. The weekly newspaper, "Freedom's Journal," the first African American owned and operated newspaper in the United States, was an avid supporter of this strategy of social elevation through education. From 1827 to 1829, the paper's editors, John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish, used their platform to advertise for a range of schools, editorialize on the importance of learning, and draw connections between the enlightenment of the individual and the progress of the race.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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