Teach Your Daughters

The Christian Recorder was first published in 1854 under the editorship of the Rev. J.P. Campbell. This early edition was short-lived, however, and in 1861, under the editorship of Elisha Weaver, the New Series, Volume 1 began.

Under this new leadership the Recorder was introduced into the South by distribution among the negro regiments in the Union army. Benjamin T. Tanner became editor in 1867, and was followed in that position in 1885 by the Rev. Benjamin F. Lee who served until 1892.

The Christian Recorder embodied secular as well as religious material, and included good coverage of the black regiments together with the major incidents of the Civil War.  It also included the normal complement of prose and poetry found in the newspapers of the day.

Teach Your Daughters

Teach Your Daughters

Give your daughters a thorough education.

  • Teach them to cook and prepare the food for the household.
  • Teach them to wash, to iron and darn stockings and sew dresses.
  • Teach them to make bread, and that a good kitchen lessens the doctor’s account.
  • Teach them that he only lays up money whose expenses are less than his income, and that all grow poor who have to spend more than they receive.
  • Teach them that a calico dress paid for fits better than a silken one until paid for.
  • Teach them that a full, healthy face displays a greater luster than fifty cosmetic beauties.
  • Teach them to purchase, and see that the accounts correspond with the purchase.
  • Teach them good common sense, self-help and industry.
  • Teach them that an honest mechanic in his working dress is a better object of esteem than a dozen haughty, finely dressed idlers.
  • Teach them gardening and the pleasures of nature.
  • Teach them, if you can afford it, music, painting, etc., but to consider them as secondary objects only.
  • Teach them that the happiness of matrimony depends neither on external appearance nor wealth, but on the man’s character.

– Toledo Blade

Collection: African American Newspapers
Date: February 18, 1886
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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