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African American Press

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"We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us." These words are from the front page of Freedom’s Journal, established the same year that slavery was abolished in New York. First appearing on March 16, 1827,  it was the first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States.


This African-American Press research guide highlights selected BU library holdings in print and online, including books/ebooks, book chapters, journal and magazine articles and film/video materials.  In addition, the guide also provides links to many informative open access websites.

Please note:  This guide mainly provides access to information on the history of the African-American press and the journalists who wrote for these publications.  To find information on Blacks working in the mainstream media, please search our catalog under the following subject heading


WorldCat: World's most comprehensive database of library collections | OCLC

WorldCat--the national library catalog--lists more than 350 items devoted to African-American newspapers and press which are held by libraries throughout the United States.  These items include books, cataloged journal articles, dissertations and theses and a half-dozen films. 




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Donald Altschiller
Mugar Memorial Library
Subjects: History, Religion