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What Shall we do with the Freedmen?


This is a question which is often discussed. We see it in our papers, and hear it frequently in conversation; but, if the North were more familiar with the state of affairs at the South, the question would much oftener be, “What shall we do with the white men, now that they have no slaves to take care of them?” The prevalent idea, that the masters of the South were intelligent, capable men, who, though unjust and cruel, still exercised a provident supervision over the wants of their slaves,—clothing and feeding them,— while the negroes, on the contrary, were unthinking, unthrifty, dull machines, is false.

The negro’s wants were few; and, such as they were, he was fully capable of supplying them, if not interfered with. With the change from slavery to freedom, he will doubtless discover new wants, the most pressing of which is that of education, which it is our duty to supply; but there is little ground of any apprehension that the slaves of the South, as a mass, are to suffer, by being deprived of their former masters, or that they will need charitable support.

Who built the huts in which they have been living? Who raised the corn upon which they have fed? Who wove the homespun stuffs with which they have been clothed? Will it be more difficult to obtain these things now that they work for themselves alone, than when they gave a large share of the products of their labor to their master?

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.


Charleston Advisor Review: African American Newspapers

This unique collection of African American Newspapers contains a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 19th century and is rich with first–hand reporting on the major events and issues of the day, including the slavery and abolition, religion and the issue of slavery, the Civil War, Presidential and Congressional addresses, business and commodity markets, the humanities, and world travel. The collection also provides a great number of early biographies, vital statistics, essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements all of which embody the African-American experience.

Accessible Archives is pleased that a review of our African American Newspapers: The 19th Century collection was selected for inclusion in the inauguration of the new database, “Choice Charleston Advisor (CC Advisor).”  We thank the reviewer, Lauren Stern, SUNY Cortland, for her assessment of one of Accessible Archives’ most popular collections.

Composite Score: 4 Stars

Comments from the Review include:

“[the] database provides access to full-text transcriptions and digital scans of primary sources…The included transcription are, overall, of excellent quality, and the user interface is uncluttered and straightforward.”

“…both novice and advanced users will find this collection straightforward to search, browse, and read.”

“African American Newspapers is compatible with assistive technologies, and the generally high quality of its full-text transcriptions will promote user comprehension of the documents, regardless of the method used to read them. Accessible Archives follows the Worldwide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0, Levels A and AA) in order to optimize the accessibility of its collections.”

“The Accessible Archives database emerges as a clear leader in this Area [Library Integration], due to its compatibility with several discovery services and the availability of MARC records and standardized usage statistics.”

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ALA Chicago 2017

Come see us at ALA Annual 2017 in Chicago

Stop by Booth #1713 to learn what’s new at
Accessible Archives at ALA Annual 2017
in Chicago June 23-26, 2017

We look forward to seeing you in the exhibit hall at ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago later this month.

You can find Accessible Archives in the Exhibit Hall, with our exclusive sales and marketing agent, Unlimited Priorities LLC, at booth number 1713 in the McCormick Center.

Stop by and demo our faceted search enhancements. We’d also love to show you our new databases focused on African-American Newspapers and Women’s Suffrage, as well as our new America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers collection.



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