The North Star

The North StarFrederick Douglass (c. 1818-1895) was born into slavery at Tuckahoe, Maryland, escaped in 1838, and safely reached New Bedford, Mass. There he worked three years as a daily laborer on the wharves and in 1841 became a lecturer on slavery.

In 1845, afraid of again being placed in bondage, he fled to England. There, friends furnished Douglass with enough money to purchase his freedom and to establish himself in the publishing business.

In 1847, with Douglass and M.R. Delaney as editors, The North Star was established: “…It has long been our anxious wish to see, in this slave-holding, slave-trading, and negro-hating land, a printing-press and paper, permanently established, under the complete control and direction of the immediate victims of slavery and oppression…”

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  • The North StarRochester, NY – Complete December 3, 1847–April 17, 1851
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