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Archives & Special Collections: Newspapers: The Colored American (NYC) [1837-1841]

The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center

Newspapers: The Colored American (NYC) [1837-1841]

The Colored American was an African-American newspaper published in New York City from 1837 to 1842. Publishers included: Robert Sears, Samuel Cornish, Phillip Alexander Bell, Charles Bennett Ray, and James McCune Smith.

Initially published under the name The Weekly Advocate, New York's Colored American was a weekly newspaper of four to six pages. It circulated in free black communities in the Northeastern United States.

The Colored American focused on the moral, social, and political elevation of free colored people and the peaceful emancipation of slaves. The newspaper had a wide spread of subscribers, and employed agents in various cities, as well as abolitionists, for its marketing needs. The paper also received help from African-American churches and local abolition societies by way of fund drives and donations. Occasionally, the newspaper received cash infusions from prominent white allies. All of the donations, fund drives and supplements helped the paper to publish 38 articles and survive through 1841. Thanks to the subscribers, the interesting articles and the extra funding sources, The Colored American became an important paper of its time.

I. Garland Penn. The Afro-American Press and its Editors. 1891. 
The Colored American (New York City), Wikipedia, 04/27/17.


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This newspaper is held on microfilm and is part of the Monroe Fordham Regional History Center. The MFC is open to students, faculty, as well as the surrounding community. Please contact an Archivist to set up appointments and view materials. 

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