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Drought and Rain – Environmentalism 1866

On this subject the Boston Journal makes the following interesting remarks:

It seems to have been ascertained historically, that in countries like France, Italy, Spain, and Palestine, which have been largely cleared of woods, the annual fall of rain is less now than it was formerly. On the other hand, extensive tree planting in Egypt and Scotland have been followed by more rain yearly than was previously known in those sections.

These are certainly curious results if truly reported. They are attributed in part to the attraction of upright masses of trees for the rain clouds and to other influences not well understood. But however this may be, it is clear to the common sense of every observing man, that a country abounding in woods will retain its average fall of rain longer, and turn it to better account, than a country that is bare. In the latter the wind has a clean sweep over the whole surface, drying up and baking the soil, exhausting the springs and water courses. When the snow melts in the spring , or heavy rains fall, there is nothing to detain the water, but rushes off in sudden, destructive freshets, gullying the land and bearing away its richness.

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Group of Negro women at revival meeting, La Forge, Missouri

Ladies Should Read Newspapers (1861)

This appeared in an 1861 issue of The Christian Recorder.  It is important to note that this publication was produced and sold primarily within African American society and this issue came out while it was still illegal in some places for black slaves in the south to be taught to read at all.

It is a great mistake in female education to keep a young lady’ s time and attention devoted to only the fashionable literature of the day. If you would qualify her for conversation you must give her something to talk about, give her education with the actual world and its transpiring events.

Urge her to read newspapers and become familiar with the present character and improvements of our race. History is of some importance, but the past world is dead, and we have little comparatively to do with it. Our thoughts and our concerns should be for the present world, to know what it is and improve its condition.

Let her have an intelligent conversation concerning the mental, political, and religious improvements of our time. Let the gilded annuals and poems on the centre table be kept a part of the time covered with journals. Let the family – men, women a children – read the newspapers.

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:  The Christian Recorder, May 4, 1861
Image Details:  Group of women at a 1938 revival meeting, La Forge, Missouri (LOC)


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Glorious News – Slavery Abolished from the Constitution

We have the pleasure of chronicling in this issue of our paper, for the benefit of our readers, the thrilling and joyous intelligence that on the last day of January, 1865, the House of Representatives of the United States voted to amend the Constitution, so as to cause it to read as follows:

Article XIII

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

This was carried by a vote of 119 for the amendment, to 56 in opposition to it. Thus is has passed by a two-third vote. The Constitution of the United States is now amended beyond doubt.

The Lord be praised for his great work of reformation in the hearts of the American people. We know that this welcome news will gladden the hearts of all patriots and true lovers of God and humanity, freedom and liberty. We hope that our Legislatures will act wisely in the premises. Once more may the old State House Bell ring forth, as in days of yore, proclaiming Liberty throughout the land – proclaiming that the martyrs of today have not cast their lives away in vain. A wild hum of joy comes to our ears on the dancing breeze as the bondman’s shackles fall, and we can almost hear the glad cry gushing like a fountain from his heart – “O God, we thank thee.”

Source: The Christian Recorder, February 4, 1865


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Temperance Punch Bowl

Our 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, including the Mexican War, Presidential and Congressional addresses, Congressional abstracts, business and commodity markets, the humanities, world travel and religion.

This item appeared in a 1901 issue of The Christian Recorder.

Temperance Punch Bowl

If we are to follow one of the jolly old customs bequeathed us by our English forbears, we must keep the punch bowl hospitably full through the holiday week. But even if this is not prepared for the week’s celebration it must not be neglected for New Year’ s cheer.

For those who are glad to emphasize the good cheer which this custom typifies, but who for conscience’s sake prefer a temperance beverage, the following concoction is recommended: Take the juice of three lemons and three oranges, one pineapple shredded from the core with a silver fork, one quart can of strawberries, one tablespoonfull of Ceylon tea, one quart of boiling water; pour the water on the tea and let it stand fifteen minutes. Add to the fruit one or two cups of sugar, according to acidity, and let it stand half an hour. When the tea is cold, add to the fruit and sugar one quart of apollinaris water and a block of ice; leave the pulp of the orange, as well as the shredded pineapple and berries, in the punch. In serving this slices of lemon are placed in each glass. If canned pineapple is used, lessen the quantity of sugar.

This forms a delicious concoction, and by keeping the various ingredients prepared in quantity they are quickly mixed as desired, and there need be no lack of this particular “good cheer,” no matter how many callers may “drop in” for the New Year’ s greetings.

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: Temperance Punch Bowl, The Christian Recorder, December 26, 1901


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Christmas Proverbs

This collection of Christmas proverbs in various languages appeared in the December 26, 1868 issue of The Christian Recorder.  This paper was “Published by the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States, for the Dissemination of Religion, Morality, Literature and Science.”  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Christmas comes but once a year.”  – A heart old proverb, indicating permission to go to full length in enjoyment. If the children scream more loudly than usual – if the boys and girls frolic more wildly, or paterfamilias purchase a present, a little too extravagant – never mind, pardon it for this time – “Christmas comes but once a year!” Forget and forgive, good folks, and we will forget and forgive in turn.

“Christmas is talked of so long, that it comes at last.” – An old Norman, French, and another cheerful proverb, full of the spirit of the season, meaning that, whatever trouble or darkness may intervene, light and joy will come at last. It is the same as “it’s a long lane that has no turn,” or “a fast day is the eve of a feast day.” Perhaps it may have the suspicion of an old superstition, that, if we only hammer and weary away at anything long enough, we bring it to pass. So, then  “Talk of it, ere summer’s past, Christmas is sure to come at last.”

“After Christmas comes Lent.” – This is German. Nach Weihnachten kommt Fasten. This is a warning and solemn proverb, something like “it is dark under the lamp.” (more…)