In the decades prior to the Civil War, some early African American newspapers began to circulate. In this lesson, students examine articles, advertisements and an editorial from the newspaper Freedom’s Journal, to consider the events and challenges that influenced daily life for free African Americans living in Northern states and to answer the historical question: What was the purpose of Freedom’s Journal?
[Teacher Materials updated on 9/13/22.]
Image: Freedom's Journal Volume 1, March 16, 1827. From Wisconsin Historical Society.