L0030517 Ephemera Collection, promoting temperance

The Danger of Drunkenness

On March 16, 1827 Samuel E. Cornish (1795-1858) and John Brown Russwurm (1799-1851), both well-educated clergymen, began to edit and publish Freedom’s Journal in New York City. Although Freedom’s Journal lived a relatively short life, it is important in that it was the first American newspaper written by blacks for blacks.

Remarkable Facts

It appears from an official statement, that of the 623 adult persons admitted into the Baltimore Almshouse during the year ending April, 1826, five hundred and fifty four were positively ascertained to have been reduced to the necessity of being placed there by DRUNKENNESS; and it is believed that a considerable portion of the remaining 69, were likewise reduced to the same necessity, either remotely of directly by the same cause; in addition to which it could be further remarked, that of the great number of children who are always in the House, scarce an instance occurs of one being placed there, who has not been reduced to that necessity, by the intemperance either of one or both of its parents.

This item, and others like it, can be found in Accessible Archive’s African American Newspapers Collection. This enormous collection of African American newspapers contains a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 1800s and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day.

Source: Freedom’s Journal, March 23, 1827

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